RE: Help with Questions to Jane Eyre: What pronoun does Rochester
- What pronoun does Rochester use as he refers to Adele? Why? (ch. 14)
Rochester’s first use of French is to discipline Adèle when she opens her present: ‘let your operation be conducted in silence: tiens-toi tranquille, enfant; comprends-tu?’ (Jane Eyre, 110). For Adèle, French imposes discipline more than it incites creativity. She uses the language derivatively and in imitation of her mother who had schooled her. Adèle’s use of French reveals her attitude towards people: she elevates her guardian to the rank of French aristocrat with her addition of the particle to his name: M. Edouard Fairfax de Rochester (Jane Eyre, 101) and affectionately grants her governess French citizenship when she addresses her with the diminutive French form of her name: Jeannette (Jane Eyre, 94).