After being hit in the head by John, Jane is put in to the Red Room where she begins to reflect on what has happened.
Why was I always suffering, always browbeaten, always accused, forever condemned? Why could I never please? Why was it useless to try to win any one's favour?
Her father had been a poor clergyman, her mother had married him against the wishes of her friends, her grandfather Reed was so irritated at her disobedience, he cut her off without a shilling. After her mother & father had been married a year, the latter caught the typhus fever while visiting among the poor of a large manufacturing town where his curacy was situated, & where that disease was then prevalent: that her mother took the infection from him, & both died within a month of each other.
Jane overhears Bessie and Miss Abbot talking about Jane's family.
Poor Miss Jane is to be pitied, too, Abbot.
Jane stands up to Mrs. Reed and tels her how she feels.
I am glad you are no relation of mine: I will never call you aunt again as long as I live. I will never come to see you when I am grown up; & if anyone asks me how I liked you, & how you treated me, I will say the very thought of you makes me sick, & that you treated me with miserable cruelty.