Jane Eyre–Literary Journal–Question #1

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What does the following quote from Jane Eyre tell us about education in Victorian times?

“‘Would you like to go to school?’ Again I reflected: I scarcely knew what school was; Bessie sometimes spoke of it as a place where young ladies sat in the stocks, wore backboards, and were expected to be exceedingly genteel and precise; John Reed hated his school and abused his master; but John Reed’s tastes were no rule for mine, and if Bessie’s accounts of school discipline (gathered from the young ladies of a family where she had lived before coming to Gateshead) were somewhat appalling, her details of certain accomplishments attained by these same young ladies were, I though equally attractive”(pg.22-23).

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