Introduction and Notes by Dr Sally Minogue Canterbury Christ Church University College. Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most perennially popular works of English fiction. Although the poor but plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance she possesses an indomitable spirit a sharp wit and great courage. She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian a harsh employer and a rigid social order. All of which circumscribe her life and position when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious sardonic and attractive Mr Rochester. However there is great kindness and warmth in this epic love story which is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Yorkshire moors.