Jane experiences many waves of love throughout her life. In the beginning of the story Jane finds love and friendship in one of the darkest times of her life. Her time at Lowood was punishing and tormenting, she had been socially excluded and mentally punished. But in the midst of pain and isolation, a friend steps out and shows Jane something she will never forget; love. As Jane was standing on a chair in the middle of the room for pure humiliation and isolation and as the night crept closer, Helen, a fellow student at Lowood, reached up her hand to Jane offering her not only a piece of bread but friendship. A solid bond sparked between Helen and Jane, Helen was there to encourage Jane, treat her with respect, and show her love and kindness. This was the first love Jane had ever felt in her life. Contrary to that, Jane was shunned and emotionally strangled by her guardian Aunt, Mrs. Reed. She was never showed what love was and seldom received it. When Mr. Brocklehurst, the head master of Lowood, the school that Jane was being sent off to, was over at Gateshead to analyze and interrogate Jane, both him and Mrs. Reed treated her with disgust, as if she were an animal. Mrs. Reed threw up anything bad to say about Jane, and verbally and maliciously attacked Jane accusing her of things she had never committed, and artificially said she loved and looked after her. The lack of love in her childhood drove her to appreciate the love she later received in her life it also drew her away from love, thinking that it was never meant for her and that she was never capable of being loved.