The night before the wedding, Jane tells Mr. Rochester several bad dreams that she has had involving her struggling to get to him while holding a small child and of Thornfield being in ruin. And after the second dream, she wakes and sees an image of a woman going through her wedding clothes, taking her veil, tearing it in two, trampling it underfoot, showing her face to Jane and causing her to lose consciousness. Afterward, Mr. Rochester tells Jane it was Grace Poole, and he will tell more at a later time why he allows her to stay.
The day of the simple wedding ceremony between Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre introduces a slight obstacle forbidding the ceremony to commence: Mr. Mason, present, objects to the union because Mr. Rochester is still legally married to Mr. Mason’s sister, Bertha Mason, residing at Thornfield. Mr. Mason learned of Mr. Rochester’s proposal through a letter Jane wrote to her uncle, Mr. Eyre, who is staying in Maderia, and Mr. Eyre, who is not well, asked Mr. Mason to go to Thornfield and stop the wedding. Mr. Rochester admits that he would have become the husband of two wives, and that Jane had no knowledge of it; he invites everyone present to see for himself what has become of Bertha, and there they witness the animal-likeness in human form, or is it human-likeness in animal form?
Poor Jane describes her emotions as
“the whole consciousness of my life lorn, my love lost, my hope quenched, my faith death-struck, swayed full and mighty above me in one sullen mass. That bitter hour cannot be described: in truth, “the waters came into my soul; I sank in deep mire; I felt no standing; I came into deep waters; the floods overflowed me.”
Jane resolves to leave Thornfield, but not before Mr. Rochester entreats her to his extended version of the story: that his father leaves Thornfield to his brother but engages in a plot that Mr. Rochester would marry Bertha Mason, for thirty thousand pounds, although Mr. Rochester does not know nor love the woman; and within a few years she is medically declared mad, as it was genetic; therefore, Rochester, after the deaths of his father and brother, takes her to Thornfield and keeps her well hidden and cared for by Grace Poole.
In an attempt to search for a woman to love and to be loved, Mr. Rochester travels for ten years, but is never satisfied with anyone, that is, until Jane comes to Thornfield; and now he entreats her to forgive him and flee Thornfield with him. She forgives him in her heart, and burns inward to stay with him, but knows she would only be his mistress if she obeys; therefore, her conscious tells her to leave, which she does.
Several days and nights pass, and Jane has travelled as far as her money and legs would take her to a town where she learns to beg for food or work, without much success. When she comes upon a house with a light, she witnesses two girls studying with their servant, and when she knocks, the servant tries to force her to leave; furthermore, after she closes the door to her, Jane relinquishes on the door step to wait for God’s will until she hears a man, who has arrived at the house, and permits her entrance to the home.