The marriage is stopped by Bertha's brother Richard Mason ( Edward de Souza ) and lawyer Briggs ( Peter Woodthorpe ). Jane flees, her world crashing down is a nightmare. She recovers in the parsonage of her original aunt's home, discovers she is now a wealthy woman inheriting her long-lost uncle's fortune in Madeira. She gets a proposal of marriage from Parson St. John Rivers but her heart and soul is with Rochester. Jane goes back to find Thornfield Hall burnt down, but Rochester is crippled and blinded by the fire set by his mad wife, Bertha, who has killed herself in the fire. However, Jane's love for Rochester remains undiminished; she nurses him back to health, he recovers his eyesight and they marry.
The tragic and subdued tone of the novel also speaks to Brontë's personal experiences in a more general way. With the death of her mother and two elder sisters during her childhood, Brontë was forced to cope with a strict and severe father and grow up on the desolate moors of Yorkshire (which appear in all their bleakness in Emily Brontë's novel " Wuthering Heights "). The deaths of her three remaining siblings came in the midst of her literary successes, and Brontë was forced to live in a loveless marriage for the few years before her death. Although "Jane Eyre" ends happily--Jane marries Mr. Rochester--there is still a pervasive sense of darkness and depression in the text as a reflection of Brontë's personal state of mind.
Rochester also lives as an “outsider”. Circumstances have made him one and like other Byronic heroes . . he embraces this definition of himself. He knows that “Nature meant to me to be, on the whole, a good man”, but he was wronged by fate, weakened . . First made desperate and then degenerate by the misery of his enforced marriage, orphaned, the last of his family, he is isolated. Sur- viving his father and older brother, but still suffering the effects of their cruel and selfish treatment, he rejects external authority, defying the world’s judge- ment and man’s opinion, claiming his . . right to pleasure since he cannot find happiness. (118)