is a psychological romance about an orphan told in the first-person. The novel is a fictional account of events, people, and places closely resembling the author's own life, that takes place in northern England during the mid-1840s.
Orphaned as a baby, Jane Eyre is cared for by an aunt. After ten years of abuse and neglect, Jane is sent to Lowood School to study. At the age of eighteen she becomes a teacher for the school, and later takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall, an estate owned by Mr. Edward Rochester. At Thornfield, Jane falls in love with Edward only to discover at the altar that he is already married to a madwoman. In despair Jane leaves Thornfield penniless and is found starving by Reverend St. John Rivers who admires Jane and envisions her as his assistant in missionary work. After a supernatural occurence involving Edward Rochester, Jane Eyre returns to Thornfield Hall to find the mansion has been burned to the ground by Edward's mad wife.