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maman Anglaiseí- I half ventured to hope that he would, even after
his marriage, keep us together somewhere under the shelter of his
protection, and not quite exiled from the sunshine of his presence.
A fortnight of dubious calm succeeded my return to Thornfield
Hall. Nothing was said of the masterís marriage, and I saw no
preparation going on for such an event. Almost every day I asked
Mrs. Fairfax if she had yet heard anything decided: her answer was
always in the negative. Once she said she had actually put the
question to Mr. Rochester as to when he was going to bring his
bride home; but he had answered her only by a joke and one of his
queer looks, and she could not tell what to make of him.

One thing specially surprised me, and that was, there were no
journeyings backward and forward, no visits to Ingram Park: to be
sure it was twenty miles off, on the borders of another county; but
what was that distance to an ardent lover? To so practised and
indefatigable a horseman as Mr. Rochester, it would be but a
morningís ride. I began to cherish hopes I had no right to conceive:
that the match was broken off; that rumour had been mistaken; that
one or both parties had changed their minds. I used to look at my
masterís face to see if it were sad or fierce; but I could not
remember the time when it had been so uniformly clear of clouds
or evil feelings. If, in the moments I and my pupil spent with him, I
lacked spirits and sank into inevitable dejection, he became even
gay. Never had he called me more frequently to his presence; never
been kinder to me when thereand, alas! never had I loved him so
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