Well, Mr. Rochester did not come back with a wife but he did bring a lot of uppity guests to spoil the tranquility at Thornfield Hall.
My poor, sweet Jane. She tried to overcome her feelings for Mr. Rochester while he was away but immediately upon seeing him her feelings come rushing back. Simultaneously, Jane is confronted with a beautiful, haughty, and pretentious Miss Blanche Ingram. To be frank, Blanche is a bitch. I HATE her. She knows she is beautiful and uses it to her advantage. She has her hooks in Mr. Rochester and makes sure he agrees with everything she asserts, in particular, her drawn-out sermon on the faults of governesses - in front of Jane. I told you she was a bitch!
Mr. Rochester is Blanche's puppet, a spineless, easily manipulated toy. *BARF* What is even more annoying than the fact that he is acting this way is that it is an act. It seems as though Mr. Rochester does not necessarily like interacting with his high society crowd or the formalities that come with it - we know this because he is most at ease when he is having unrestrained and informal conversation with Jane - but there is a part of him that feels compelled to play the part. Why? I would have far more respect for him if he was his true self ALL the time and not just with Jane.
On another note, there is definitely a mystery in the house. We know that someone started a fire in Mr. Rochester's room and all signs point to Grace Poole (one of the servants) but she was not accused, arrested, or banished from the house. I am beginning to wonder if there is someone else in the attic that Grace Poole is tasked with taking care of, someone very mentally disturbed. Jane overheard a couple of the other servants talking about how Grace's wages are five times higher than theirs. What gives?