The story of Jane Eyre begins like a fairy tale. A girl orphaned since birth is cast away by surviving kin and is sent to a school that is more like a prison for the obscure and unwanted. In there, she is nearly starved, always freezing, and bored to death with religious rituals, but Jane finds some comfort in the company of fellow student, the believer of endurance, the stoic, Helen.
In victorian era, how does a lady get back her former admirer, once rejected? Accept his indifference and coldness until the sight of you in danger of collapsing renews his former sentiment. When you see him in a room and he comes to you, engage him in conversation. Don't just talk about the weather. Be perfectly useful when an accident involves the lady who might replace you in his affections. Be the better woman for not jumping from heights.