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This is an excerpt from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, written in 1847. Jane, previously a governess at Thornfield Hall, is engaged to marry the wealthy homeowner Mr. Rochester. She fretfully relays unexpected events to him that have recently occurred in his absence.
"I dreamt another dream, sir: that Thornfield Hall was a dreary ruin, the retreat ofbats and owls. I thought that of all the stately front nothing remained but a shell-likewall, very high and very fragile-looking. I wandered, on a moonlight night, throughthe grass-grown enclosure within: here I stumbled over a marble hearth, and there05over a fallen fragment of cornice. Wrapped up in a shawl, I still carried the unknownlittle child: I might not lay it down anywhere, however tired were my arms—howevermuch its weight impeded my progress, I must retain it. I heard the gallop of a horse ata distance on the road; I was sure it was you; and you were departing for many yearsand for a distant country. I climbed the thin wall with frantic perilous haste, eager10to catch one glimpse of you from the top: the stones rolled from under my feet, theivy branches I grasped gave way, the child clung round my neck in terror, and almoststrangled me; at last I gained the summit. I saw you like a speck on a white track,lessening every moment. The blast blew so strong I could not stand. I sat down on thenarrow ledge; I hushed the scared infant in my lap: you turned an angle of the road: I15bent forward to take a last look; the wall crumbled; I was shaken; the child rolled frommy knee, I lost my balance, fell, and woke.""Now, Jane, that is all.""All the preface, sir; the tale is yet to come. On waking, a gleam dazzled my eyes;I thought—Oh, it is daylight! But I was mistaken; it was only candlelight. Sophie, I20supposed, had come in. There was a light in the dressing-table, and the door of thecloset, where, before going to bed, I had hung my wedding-dress and veil, stood open;I heard a rustling there. I asked, 'Sophie, what are you doing?' No one answered; but aform emerged from the closet; it took the light, held it aloft, and surveyed the garmentspendent from the portmanteau. 'Sophie! Sophie!' I again cried: and still it was silent. I25had risen up in bed, I bent forward: first surprise, then bewilderment, came over me;and then my blood crept cold through my veins. Mr. Rochester, this was not Sophie,it was not Leah, it was not Mrs. Fairfax: it was not—no, I was sure of it, and am still—itwas not even that strange woman, Grace Poole.""It must have been one of them," interrupted my master.30"No, sir, I solemnly assure you to the contrary. The shape standing before me hadnever crossed my eyes within the precincts of Thornfield Hall before; the height, thecontour were new to me.""Describe it, Jane.""It seemed, sir, a woman, tall and large, with thick and dark hair hanging long down35her back. I know not what dress she had on: it was white and straight; but whethergown, sheet, or shroud, I cannot tell.""Did you see her face?""Not at first. But presently she took my veil from its place; she held it up, gazedat it long, and then she threw it over her own head, and turned to the mirror. At that40moment I saw the reflection of the visage and features quite distinctly in the darkoblong glass.""And how were they?""Fearful and ghastly to me—oh, sir, I never saw a face like it! It was a discolouredface—it was a savage face. I wish I could forget the roll of the red eyes and the fearful45blackened inflation of the lineaments!""Ghosts are usually pale, Jane.""This, sir, was purple: the lips were swelled and dark; the brow furrowed: the blackeyebrows widely raised over the bloodshot eyes. Shall I tell you of what it remindedme?"50"You may.""Of the foul German spectre—the Vampyre.""Ah!—what did it do?""Sir, it removed my veil from its gaunt head, rent it in two parts, and flinging bothon the floor, trampled on them."
1. What option best summarizes the passage?
2. Mr. Rochester's overall attitude towards Jane is best described as
3. As used in line 7, the word "retain" most closely means
4. In her dream, how did Jane first perceive the presence of Mr. Rochester?
5. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
6. The most likely purpose of Jane's statement in line 18 ("All . . . come") is to
7. As used in line 23, the word "form" most closely means
8. Lines 26-28 ("Mr. . . . Poole") mainly serve to
9. The frightening intruder as described by Jane
10. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
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