Mrs. Sarah Reed: Jane's aunt by marriage, who resides at Gateshead. Because her husband insists, Mrs. Reed adopts Jane. Jane, however, receives nothing but neglect and abuse at her hands. She is extremely biased towards her own children and allows them to bully Jane. Later on in the book she reveals that Jane has living relatives who tried to reach her, but Mrs. Reed told them that Jane died. Mrs. Reed revealed this to Jane on her deathbed to try and save her soul.
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