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    The end of chapter 11 has me puzzled. I understand all of it besides one paragraph: "I really did not expect Grace to answer.." up to "..entertaining a sense even of surprise." Does this paragraph mean that Jane thinks it's a ghost, but she is proven wrong by seeing Grace walk out? Why was Jane foolish to have acted surprised? I've tried to decipher the paragraph by picking out words and making sense out of the paragraph but I still don't seem to understand what Jane means.

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    The end of chapter 11 has me puzzled. I understand all of it besides one paragraph: "I really did not expect Grace to answer.." up to "..entertaining a sense even of surprise." Does this paragraph mean that Jane thinks it's a ghost, but she is proven wrong by seeing Grace walk out? Why was Jane foolish to have acted surprised? I've tried to decipher the paragraph by picking out words and making sense out of the paragraph but I still don't seem to understand what Jane means.

    Please help!
    You're quite close really. Jane is surprised because she had built up a fear in her head that whatever she heard was not real; she is almost reentering the fear universe she was in, in the red-room. Jane believes that what she has heard is 'preternatural' and even though she is not afraid she is confused. The use of 'fool' is not a criticism of Jane's surprise; rather it is a criticism of herself for believing that the source of the laugh could be anything but natural. She thinks herself stupid for believing in the possibility of supernatural. The main aim here is to up the mystery in the play and add to the Gothic nature.
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    You're quite close really. Jane is surprised because she had built up a fear in her head that whatever she heard was not real; she is almost reentering the fear universe she was in, in the red-room. Jane believes that what she has heard is 'preternatural' and even though she is not afraid she is confused. The use of 'fool' is not a criticism of Jane's surprise; rather it is a criticism of herself for believing that the source of the laugh could be anything but natural. She thinks herself stupid for believing in the possibility of supernatural. The main aim here is to up the mystery in the play and add to the Gothic nature.
    Thank you for this!
 
 
 
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