"I tapped my fingers on the copy of Jane Eyre"
Portrait of Charlotte Brontë
Public DomainPortrait of Charlotte Brontë - Credit: Evert A. Duyckinick

Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë.  It was published in London in 1847, under Brontë’s pen name Currer Bell, and subtitled An Autobiography. The novel follows Jane through her childhood at Gateshead, where she is emotionally and physically abused; her education at Lowood School, a place of considerable deprivation and oppression; her time as governess at Thornfield Hall, where she falls in love with Lord Rochester; her time with the Rivers family, her distant cousins; and her return to Rochester when she finally finds happiness.