Jane Eyre

What advice does Helen give Jane?

Chapters 1-6

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Helen believes in pious forgiveness and that God's justice is the only justice that matters. Although Helen is very fond of Miss Temple and finds that she learns more from her, Helen tells Jane that Miss Temple’s mild-mannered teaching style does not force her to be actively good; rather, Helen is only passively good, and she believes "'there is no merit in such goodness.'" Jane disagrees with Helen's philosophy; she believes that one should repay goodness with goodness and cruelty with cruelty.