Status of marriage and the legal contract: bound up with the question of intent and meaning. When does a contract hold or not. Compare with Woman in White.
Painting – Jane’s paintings do not have an original in nature. The original is Jane herself, since it is by one of her paintings that her secret is discovered. The painting becomes necessary to the “unraveling” or the construction of denoument. The necessity of the medium relationship. MEDIATION.
“I know no medium: I never in my life have know any medium in my dealings with positive, hard characters, antagonistic to my own, between submission and determined revolt” (341)
Charm – A word that bridges the world of goblins with the world of the drawing room
Tense shifts – shifts into the present at times. How does this work with a narrative that is more or less a diary. How can one write in the moment. Another time in which the static or “timeless” portrait (or just a different temporality) beocmes necessary for the intensity of narrative time itself.
Food – becomes a keeper of time early in the novel