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Mr. Brocklehurst in Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Brontë

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Mr. Brocklehurst

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The ultimate hypocrite, Mr. Brocklehurst is the supervisor of a boarding school for orphaned girls, Lowood Institute, which was founded by one of his relatives. Mr. Brocklehurst gets his kicks in life from going around intimidating little girls, keeping them half-starved and cold, and telling them that they’re going to hell for their sins, all while feeling self-righteous about doing it and thinking that God’s giving him a big thumbs-up.

Of course, Mr. Brocklehurst’s own children wear silk and fur and we’re sure they’ve never missed a meal in their lives, but apparently (in their opinion), God’s chill with that.

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