Compare Jane with Blanche Ingram.
Blanche Ingram is lively, beautiful, and accomplished, whereas Jane is more reticent, blending into the background. Blanche is also significantly wealthier than Jane, and accordingly more entitled. However, Jane has depth that Blanche lacks, as well as empathy (especially concerning Adèle).
Does Mrs. Reed change over the course of the novel?
While Mrs. Reed grows ill and is anxious about the financial state of her household, her general values and predilections stay constant. For instance, up until the moment of Mrs. Reed's death, Mrs. Reed refuses to reconcile with Jane, even though Jane is willing to do so....
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