The Governess of Thornfield

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FIFTY-TWO

“Yes sir, I will marry you.”

“Truly?”

“Most truly, sir.”

“Oh! My darling! Formerly I have hated to be helped but henceforth I shall hate it no more. It is pleasant to feel my hand circled by your little fingers. Your soft ministry will be a perpetual joy. You suit me, do I suit you?”

“To the finest fiber of my nature, sir.”

“The case being so, we have nothing in the world to wait for; we must be married instantly.” He looked and spoke with eagerness; his old impetuosity was rising.

During the course of your preparations for marriage, Mr. Rochester tells you of a time when, with a feeling that his life was utterly desolate, in anguish and humility he wanted to ask God if he had not been tormented enough. The whole of his heart’s wishes broke from him involuntarily and he called your name aloud. It was a strange moment then. For he thought that he could hear you calling back to him.

You remember how eerily you heard his voice in the glen with St. John and you wonder at this mysterious summons. It seems too awful and inexplicable to discuss with him right now, so you save your version of the story for another time. It is enough for you to ponder the nature of your connection with Mr. Rochester in your heart.

Reader, you married him. You write to Diana and Mary of what you have done, and they approve the step unreservedly. How St. John received the news you don’t know, as he never answers your letter, but you believe him to be happily installed as a missionary in India.

You make sure to check on little Adele, who has been installed in a boarding school all this time. She is unhappy there, and while it is impractical for her to live with you and Rochester, you do find a better school, more lenient, and near enough for you to visit often. She flourishes there.

Mr. Rochester continues blind for the first two years of your marriage, but one day he tells you that the obscurity clouding his eye is becoming less dense and after visiting an oculist, he recovers his sight.

You and Edward are then very happy. You now know what it is to live entirely for and with what you love best on earth. You are your husband’s life as fully as he is yours. There is no weariness in his society because to be together is at once to be free as in solitude and as happy as in company. You are both so suited in character that perfect concord is the result. You have truly found your happy ending.

THE END


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