It is a convention of the Victorian novel that, whatever trials and tribulations the hero of heroine must endure through the course of the story, their virtue and determination is always rewarded with wealth and social position at the end. Whilst there are examples in these novels of minor characters living good and contented lives in relative poverty, this is never an option for the main characters. Somehow (usually a secret legacy), they are found to be the rightful possessors of a goodly fortune: it is as though Victorian writers could not conceive of the rewards of virtue in anything other than monetary terms. Chapter 22: Gateshead after Mrs. Reed’s Death88. In their different ways, Georgiana and Eliza opt for lives which will be sterile and unproductive. In very obvious ways, they waste the potential which God gave them. Explain. Chapter 23: A Proposal and an Acceptance 89. In this novel, the weather closely reflects the drama being played out and the inner feelings of the character. (John Ruskin originated the term ‘pathetic fallacy’ to describe art which attributes human emotion and conduct to aspects of nature. Ruskin obviously used this term critically, but writers of the Romantic movement constantly made this connection.) Think back to “[t]he rain [which] beat strongly against the panes, the wind [which] blew tempestuously” as Mrs. Reed was dying struggling with her guilt over Jane. In the previous chapter, Jane wrote, “[Mr. Rochester] smile at me … it was the real sunshine of feeling - he shed it over me now.” Comment on the part played by the descriptions of the weather in this chapter, not forgetting the sudden thunder storm at the end. (The fate of the chestnut tree under which Rochester and Jane had been sitting that evening is particularly significant.) 90. This chapter makes significant use of dramatic irony. For example, when Mr. Rochester asks Jane to be his wife, she replies, “‘Your bride stands between us.’” Obviously, she is referring to Blanche, but the plotof the novel will show that what she says is more true than she (or the reader) can know at this point. Any ideas? An example of ironyis Jane’s statement, “‘There is no one to meddle, sir, I have no kindred to interfere.’” Jane is so used to thinking of herself as a solitary orphan. What has she forgotten? There is also the ironythat Rochester may have relatives to meddle.