Just reached the end of volume 2, and there are some, probably not very original, things that I am wondering about.
Is Bertha Rochester's madness realistic? Hers seems more like a case of demon possession than insanity. The crazy laugh, the vicious assaults, the low cunning, the purple face. It must be exhausting. At other times she seems to know what she's doing, like when she finds her way out of the third floor and into Jane's room where she finds her bridal veil.
Considering what a handful Bertha Rochester is, is it really plausible that Grace Poole can look after her, more or less on her own? To me it seems like the job would need a six person crew: three shifts of two people each. Even at five times the normal rate of pay, it seems an intolerable job for one person.
Is Jane being a bit unfair to Mr Mason? Can he be blamed for wanting to look out for his sister? Isn't he right in preventing a bigamous marriage from taking place?
Bertha Rochester and her brother, Mr Mason, have a Creole mother. Bertha is a violently insane, purple-faced monster, while her brother is a sneak and a coward. Is Charlotte Bronte being a little racist? If so, should allowances be made for her not having had the benefit of a modern, enlightened upbringing?