Extract: Chapter 38 – St. John Rivers as a heroic missionary in India
St. John Rivers is Jane Eyre’s long-lost cousin. As a clergyman, he is extremely pious and described as somewhat cold and distant. His great ambition is to travel to India to become a missionary. However, before fulfilling this ambition, which he undertakes with much zeal, he proposes to Jane, believing that she will be a good missionary’s wife. Jane declines his proposal based on her great love for Rochester.
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