After a blissful two weeks, Jane encounters Rochester in the gardens. He invites her to walk with him, and Jane, caught off guard, accepts. Rochester confides that he has finally decided to marry Blanche Ingram and tells Jane that he knows of an available governess position in Ireland that she could take. Jane expresses her distress at the great distance that separates Ireland from Thornfield. The two seat themselves on a bench at the foot of the chestnut tree, and Rochester says: “we will sit there in peace to-night, though we should never more be destined to sit there together.” He tells Jane that he feels as though they are connected by a “cord of communion.” Jane sobs—“for I could repress what I endured no longer,” she tells us, “I was obliged to yield.” Jane confesses her love for Rochester, and to her surprise, he asks her to be his wife. She suspects that he is teasing her, but he convinces her otherwise by admitting that he only brought up marrying Blanche in order to arouse Jane’s jealousy. Convinced and elated, Jane accepts his proposal. A storm breaks, and the newly engaged couple hurries indoors through the rain. Rochester helps Jane out of her wet coat, and he seizes the opportunity to kiss her. Jane looks up to see Mrs. Fairfax watching, astonished. That night, a bolt of lightning splits the same chestnut tree under which Rochester and Jane had been sitting that evening.
by Victor Hugo
After a run-in with a group of beggars, Gringoire is take before the "King".
The enemy makes another charge. As the battle continues, Henry observes that his fellow soldiers are losing their will to fight.
by O. Henry
A cab driver's apathy affects every aspect of his life.
by Jules Verne
An argument at the Reform Club results in a strange wager by Phileas Fogg.
Meg discovers that married life is not as easy as she thought.
William tries to find a way to earn a living sufficient for beginning a new life, but finds there are unexpected obstacles.
by George Eliot
The robbery continues to bring kindness and sympathy to Silas' door. Godrey looks forward to seeing Nancy once again, but still worries that Dunstan will return to Raveloe.
George Washington's fifth Annual Address to Congress (now known as the State of the Union Address).
by Jack London
Ghost, having reached Japan, takes advantage of the migrating seal herds. Captain Larsen, Mugridge, and Hump, having remained on ship, attempt to reach the sealing ships before the approaching storm does. Captain Larsen evaluates his losses.
Thoreau continues to describe winter in Walden Pond.
The next morning, Jane is shocked to learn that the near tragedy of the night before has caused no scandal. The servants believe Rochester to have fallen asleep with a lit candle by his bed, and even Grace Poole shows no sign of guilt or remorse. Jane cannot imagine why an attempted murderer is allowed to continue working at Thornfield. She realizes that she is beginning to have feelings for Rochester and is disappointed that he will be away from Thornfield for several days. He has left to attend a party where he will be in the company of Blanche Ingram, a beautiful lady. Jane scolds herself for being disappointed by the news, and she resolves to restrain her flights of imaginative fancy by comparing her own portrait to one she has drawn of Blanche Ingram, noting how much plainer she is than the beautiful Blanche.
The girls awake Christmas morning to find gifts from their mother, and decide to help out a less fortunate family.
The king and queen make a progress to the frontiers. The author attends them. The manner in which he leaves the country very particularly related. He returns to England.
Jim meets the Sawhorse and Dorothy talks to a deer head.
by Victor Hugo
Maitre Jacques enters the cell of Claude Frollo, informing him of the impending arrest of Esmeralda. The interaction of a spider and fly gives Dom Claude an opportunity to discuss fate with the attorney.
Part 2, Section 16: How the Stranger Vainly Endeavoured to Reveal to Me in Words the Mysteries of Spaceland
The author describes what the stranger tells him of Spaceland.
by Andrew Lang
The Emperor learns to appreciate the nightingale.
A part of a collection of short stories about three children in the revolutionary times. This story specifically focuses on the children saving a little fox named Reddy from the redcoats.
by Jack London
A discussion of life, nature, and existence with Captain Larsen ends in a rather strange act of violence towards Hump.
by Bram Stoker
Dr. Van Helsing gives Lucy a blood transfusion. There is an interview with a zoo keeper that describes the escape and recapture of a wolf. Dr. Seward tells of Renfield’s escape and attack on him. Lucy’s mother dies and tells of the horrible events that took place that night.
Miss Cushing receives a parcel in the mail that contains two severed human ears and Sherlock Holmes helps to crack the case involving her sister.
by Mark Twain
The Yankee resigns himself to die at the stake. As the monk chants over him, the eclipse begins. The king begs the Yankee to spare the sun. The Yankee gets the king to promise to make him his chief minister and executive and pay him a salary in return for the sun.
For most of Jane’s first month at Lowood, Mr. Brocklehurst spends his time away from the school. When he returns, Jane becomes quite nervous because she remembers his promise to her aunt, Mrs. Reed, to warn the school about Jane’s supposed habit of lying. When Jane inadvertently drops her slate in Mr. Brocklehurst’s presence, he is furious and tells her she is careless. He orders Jane to stand on a stool while he tells the school that she is a liar, and he forbids the other students to speak to her for the rest of the day. Helen makes Jane’s day of humiliation endurable by providing her friend with silent consolation—she covertly smiles at Jane every time she passes by.
Mulford and Rose discover their location. Captain Spike meets with Don Wan. There is a tornado. Mulford feels trapped by circumstances.