Love, or the absence of it, is a driving force for Jane and the overall plot of Jane Eyre. While Jane is employed at Thornfield Hall, it’s her newfound, unexpected love for Mr. Rochester that gives her life a feeling of purpose. She is as surprised at this as the reader. “‘I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously arrived, green and strong!” (pg 198) Here, it’s clear that while Jane didn’t come to Thornfield looking for a partner, she can’t help but long for the hand of Mr. Rochester, and that excites her. Later on in the book, after Jane has become acquainted to Mr St. John, he asks for her hand in marriage as a “missionary’s wife”, phrasing the request almost as if it’s a business transaction. Due to the absence of real love between them, Jane repeatedly rejects his offer. She has now learned the value of connection and emotion in a relationship, and would rather risk it all to spend the rest of her life with someone she loves.