Jane's ideas of morality begin with her experiences living with and under the care of the Reed's at Gateshead and the moral backwardness in which the house is run. At this point in the story, she is an orphaned child only in this family due to a deathbed promise. She is treated differently than the other children, who are not punished for their actions. An example of this is the instance in which John Reed seeks out Jane from her hiding spot behind the curtains and hits her with a book to the point that a bleeding wound appears. Instead of submissive silence, she retaliates for the first time, and is than punished harshly although obviously wounded by John Reed. John Reed is not punished.This example shows Jane's exposure to immorality, which led her to develop a set of morals so solid that almost nothing could break the brick and mortar of which made.This set was a negative film of that she was put through at Gateshead. They where a direct reaction to the indecency she experienced. Her moral ideology began to develop at an early age, grown from an understanding of right and wrong (her constantly being wronged was realized by her, allowing her to see and seek alternative in her own moral structure). And, when tested, did not falter. Another example of Jane's morality is in her reaction and actions in the discovering of Mr.Rochester's preexisting marriage. Jane, in accepting his proposal, has thought to have found haven from the unhappiness of her life, until it is shattered by the revelation that he married once before and is now the caretaker of his mentally unstable wife. Edward still wishes to stay with Jane and begs with all passion for her to stay. Jane, against every emotional fiber in her body, leaves on the basis of her morals. This example shows how her morals developed not only as themselves but it exemplifies the amount of power they held over conflicting emotional aspects. This is when they are tested, and the development is fully realized. It got to the point where even strongest emotion could not sway Jane, where she could not live with herself is her morality was compromised (in this case staying with Mr.Rochester but only to be his mistress). Her morality is more important than her feelings for him.