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Bessie said she was sure you would not refuse: but I suppose you
will have to ask leave before you can get off?’ ‘Yes; and I will do it
now’; and having directed him to the servants’ hall, and
recommended him to the care of John’s wife, and the attentions of
John himself, I went in search of Mr. Rochester.

He was not in any of the lower rooms; he was not in the yard, the
stables, or the grounds. I asked Mrs. Fairfax if she had seen him;-
yes: she believed he was playing billiards with Miss Ingram. To the
billiard-room I hastened: the click of balls and the hum of voices
resounded thence; Mr. Rochester, Miss Ingram, the two Misses
Eshton, and their admirers, were all busied in the game. It required
some courage to disturb so interesting a party; my errand,
however, was one I could not defer, so I approached the master
where he stood at Miss Ingram’s side.

She turned as I drew near, and looked at me haughtily: her eyes
seemed to demand, ‘What can the creeping creature want now?’
and when I said, in a low voice, ‘Mr. Rochester,’ she made a
movement as if tempted to order me away. I remember her
appearance at the moment-it was very graceful and very
striking:she wore a morning robe of sky-blue crape; a gauzy azure
scarf was twisted in her hair. She had been all animation with the
game, and irritated pride did not lower the expression of her
haughty lineaments.

‘Does that person want you?’ she inquired of Mr. Rochester; and
Mr. Rochester turned to see who the ‘person’ was. He made a
curious grimace-one of his strange and equivocal demonstrations-
threw down his cue and followed me from the room.

‘Well, Jane?’ he said, as he rested his back against the school-room
door, which he had shut.

‘If you please, sir, I want leave of absence for a week or two.’ ‘What
to do?- where to go?’

‘To see a sick lady who has sent for me.’ ‘What sick lady?- where
does she live?’ ‘At Gateshead, in ___shire.’ ‘___shire? That is a
hundred miles off! Who may she be that sends for people to see her
that distance?’ ‘Her name is Reed sir-Mrs. Reed.’ ‘Reed of
Gateshead? There was a Reed of Gateshead, a magistrate.’ ‘It is his
widow, sir.’ ‘And what have you to do with her? How do you
know her?’ ‘Mr. Reed was my uncle-my mother’s brother.’ ‘The
deuce he was! You never told me that before: you always said you
had no relations.’ ‘None that would own me, sir. Mr. Reed is dead,
and his wife cast me off.’ ‘Why?’ ‘Because I was poor, and
burdensome, and she disliked me.’ ‘But Reed left children?- you
must have cousins? Sir George Lynn was talking of a Reed of
Gateshead yesterday, who, he said, was one of the veriest rascals
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