The Rivers family has kindly taken in Jane: Mr. St. John, his two sisters, Diana and Mary, and their servant, Hannah, and care for her. When she was strengthened, she was able to explain most of her situation without giving away her true identity, including where she last came from, and that she was almost married to Mr. Rochester.
Mr. St. John has founded a charity school for girls and offers the job of operating it to Jane, though he believes in a short time she shall quit it due to restlessness. Meanwhile, the girls must leave to their new positions as governesses, and St. John and Hannah are set to close up the house, so that Mr. Rivers may pursue a missionary position. The whole family is in financial ruins thanks to their late father’s poor business decisions with their Uncle John, whom, by the way, they just learn has passed away; and his fortune he has left to another unknown relative…hmm.
The village school has opened, and Jane admits that she feels her work there is humiliating, but after further evaluation, she resigns herself to thinking that she made the right choice because God has led her. Meanwhile, Mr. St. John is speaking with Jane at her small cottage, which is provided for her by a wealthy patron, Miss Rosamond Oliver, who greets them at that moment; Jane suspects Mr. St. John has affections for Miss Oliver.
While Jane is becoming well-liked in town for the work she is doing at the village school, at night she is suffering with dreams about Mr. Rochester. Rosamond asks Jane to draw her portrait, and on a day when she is working on it, St. John visits Jane; they discuss the relationship with Rosamond, but St. John thinks she would not be fit as a missionary’s wife. Also, St. John notices something of importance on a piece of paper that Jane is using for drawing that does not make sense to Jane, and he takes a section of it and leaves.