Love plays a major role in Jane's journey. Jane is not given much love as a child and thus, effects her attitude in the novel at first throughout the novel. However, later in the novel she is exposed to love from Mr.Rochester and this effects the plot greatly. In this part of the story, Jane has returned from Gatshead and is back at Thornfield. She is in the garden discussing with Mr.Rochester her feelings. "Are you in earnest? Do you truly love me? Do you sincerely wish me to be your wife?"(p.294) Here, Jane is unsure on how to react to Mr.Rochester's proposal due to the fact that she has not expeiranced loved all her life. She even goes to conceal her feelings when they first emerge, not believing he could ever love her back,and rather than getting hurt again she would rather not have those feelings. She questions him, asking if it's really true. Jane's lack of love in her life has caused her to react in such a way. She cant imagine the possibility of him loving her as no one ever has. Later in the story, after the reveal of Mr.Rochester's secret wife Jane flees Thornfield. However, she eventually goes back to Mr.Rochester after hearing of him, and how he went blind. She then goes back there to be with him "'Choose then sir-her who loves you best.' I will at least choose - her I love best. Jane, will you marry me?' Yes,sir.'"(p.516) Here, in contrast to before, Jane is cool, calm and collected. That is due to the fact that at this point, Jane has experienced love and understands it. Love led her away from Mr.Rochester but it also led her back to him.