In turn this demonstrates Rochester’s intention to imprison himself to this house until he dies an early death.
Jane’s journey to Ferndean demonstrates how secluded the house is, as the carriage cannot take her to the house and she must walk on foot through the forest.
His self-exile to this “unhealthy” place is supposed to be his final resting place, where he will live out the rest of his life.
The darkness of the wood, the dampness of the walls, and the secrecy of this hidden house casts Ferndean as an eerie place, a dangerous place, and a deathly place.
Is this because he wants to let the house consume him, just as he feared it would consume Bertha?
When Jane reunites with Rochester, she describes Ferndean as a desolate, gothic manor entirely cut off from the outside world.
The contrast between the alliteration of “wet and wild woods” and the assonance of “cheerful fields” creates a stark contrast between Ferndean, which resides in those woods, and the beauty of nature which can only be found outside the forest.
Jane describes the “brilliantly green” grass, flowers, hedges, and sparkling blue sky, and they find a seat on a stump, which Jane is careful to say is dry, not like the wet forest and damp Ferndean (396).
This first mention of Ferndean in Jane Eyre presents the manor as a place of solitude and death, somewhere that even Bertha Mason would not be able to survive.
Yet, Rochester moves there after Thornfield is destroyed in a fire, with only two servants for company.