Jane Eyre

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“’ I am disposed to be gregarious and communicative to-night-,’ he repeated, ‘and that is why I sent for you: the fire and the chandelier were not sufficient company for me; nor would Pilot have been, for none of these can talk. Adele is a degree better, but still far below the mark; Mrs. Fairfax ditto; you, I am persuaded, can suit me if you will; you puzzled me the first evening I invited you down here. I have almost forgotten you since: other ideas have driven yours from my head; but to-night I am resolved to be at ease; to dismiss what importunes, and recall what pleases. It would please me now to draw you out – to learn more of you- therefore speak.’” (134)

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The tone is one of curiosity filled with a desire for companionship. The context in which the quote is presented, takes place at a moment when Rochester has had company, and although he doesn't join his company for their later meeting, neither does he have a desire to be alone (far more common). 


Jane Eyre