Something about Jane's quiet and confident nature has earned Mr. Rochester's trust. He reveals one of the reasons why he has become such an embittered ogre. He tells Jane of his love affair with a French opera singer and how he lavished her with gifts, an apartment, a personal carriage, etc. Then one night, as he is waiting for her in the apartment, he spies her entering the building with a young and handsome man. He hides out on the balcony for a while and then goes inside to tell the opera singer that her free ride is over.
His next revelation is that Adele, Jane's pupil, may or may not be his daughter. She was born during the course of their relationship but he cannot be sure of her origins. A few years after Mr. Rochester has spurned his French floosie, he discovers that she has abandoned her (their?) child. He adopts Adele and saves her from a life of poverty. He does not do this out of love for the child or even out of the goodness of his heart. He sees her as a means to an end, a way to redeem himself of the evils he has committed in his life.
In the midst of telling his secret-keeper, Jane all of this he cannot help but patronize her. "You never felt jealousy, did you, Miss Eyre? Of course not; I need not ask you; because you never felt love. You have both sentiments yet to experience: your soul sleeps: the shock is yet to be given which shall waken it. You think all existence lapses in as quiet a flow as that in which your youth has hitherto slid away. Floating on with closed eyes and muffled ears, you neither see the rocks bristling not far off in the bed of the flood, nor hear the breakers boil at their base. But I tell you-and you may mark my words-you will come some day to a craggy pass in the channel, where the whole of life's stream will be broken up into whirl and tumult, foam and noise: either you will be dashed to atoms on crag points, or lifted up and borne on by some master-wave into a calmer current-as I am now" (Bronte 132).
It is a great quote. And it is interesting because in the next chapter Jane feels the pangs of love and jealously. Jane likes the easy discourses that she and Mr. Rochester have and she enjoys that he confides in her. When she saves him from burning to death in the middle of the night, she feels more than ever that he treasures her as much as he is able to treasure a woman. And she treasures him, too. He represents something different and mysterious. He has satisfied her wanderlust.
The night of the fire is somewhat of a breakthrough for Mr. Rochester and Jane. There seems to be some genuine affection on the part of Mr. Rochester toward Jane. But the day after he does not call for her and the day after that he is a no show, too. It is not until the third day that Jane finds out from Mrs. Fairfax that Mr. Rochester has gone to a neighboring town for a social event and will probably not be back for a week. Mrs. Fairfax mentions some of the young women that might be present and describes, in particular, a very beautiful and charismatic Miss Blanche. This causes some internal distress, as much as a self-composed Jane will allow, and then she convinces herself that she misread Mr. Rochester's signals and that he would surely prefer the charms of more stately women.
Poor Jane. Why do I have a feeling that Mr. Rochester is going to come home from this party with a new wife? :/