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The Foils of Jane EyreIn Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte uses several characters as foils to Jane to reveal Jane's true persona. Characters with strong personalities, such as Georgiana Reed and Blanche Ingram, showa significant contrast to Jane's more docile nature. Bronte also creates foils in the characters that interact with Jane, bringing forth different sides of Jane's personality. Mrs. Reed and Miss Templeare are used to employ this technique. Her reactions to these characters allow the reader to delve into her true nature.One of the first foils the reader encounters is that of the young Georgiana Reed, Jane's haughty cousin. She is beautiful, spoiled, and selfish, and makes it known that she does not consider Jane as part of their family. They see Jane as "a heterogeneous thing, opposed to them in temperament, in capacity, in propensities" (17). While Jane tidies and dusts like a family servant, Georgiana is enraptured with herself, dressing her hair with flowers and donning herself with dressy attire. The differences found in their partialities and occupations characterize the young Jane as a docile, obedient child who constantly suffers under the dominating Reeds. Their next encounter occurs many years later when Mrs. Reed sends for Jane on her deathbed, and Jane consents. Upon arriving at the house, Jane discovers that not much has changed. Georgiana retains her beauty, and the house is just as Jane remembers it. A striking difference between the