"It does good to no woman to be flattered by her superior, who cannot possibly intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it"
(Bronte, 1847, p.140)
Poor Jane - I don't think anyone has gone through life without identifying her on some level, especially in regards to unrequited love. She remonstrates herself because she feels so strongly for Rochester, then lives in strict denial. She then gets caught off-guard by her own feelings and gets carried away by the undertow. For her, it's like jumping into the fire, in order to put the flames out.
Progress has been made. I think I am about just about 2/3rds the way through (I have to develop the maginalised Bertha, the lies that reveal themselves and how things are never equal unless really improbable events take place. Thankfully, I have been able to download G&G and I have managed to find essays in The English Review.
For anyone interested in Jane Eyre, the links to the online book and a video dramatisation are under the cuts
Online Book - http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/cbronte/bl-cbronte-jan-1.htm