He does refer to her as “a French dancer’s bastard – not my own child” and yet he makes sure that Adele receives the finest education and care.This shows his compassion, integrity and exhibits traits of a good father.
Due to a tough life full of struggle, Rochester feels trapped in his circumstances.
He refuses to think of moral principles as absolute and unchanging, rather he believe them to be dependant on one’s situation. Rochester likes to make excuses for himself: as he says, “[S]ince happiness is irrevocably denied me, I have a right to get pleasure out of life: and I will get it, cost what it may.” Much like a Byronic hero, Rochester is not afraid to ignore social conventions when he falls in love with Jane. This is also apparent in his relationship with Jane.
Rochester is clearly an unusual love interest for a romantic novel. He is usually well travelled, and has often come into conflict during his journeys.
He has an abrupt, selfish and arrogant nature, and is far from handsome. Rochester is stern, rude, and demanding and has a dark and somewhat mysterious personality. Fairfax replies, “He is rather peculiar, perhaps: he has travelled a great deal, and seen a great deal of the world, I should think. This is found to be true for Rochester’s trip to Jamaica and the consequences that came of his meeting Bertha Mason there.
This adds realism to her characters and makes them seem genuine.
Even though Rochester is considered a social outcast of sorts, he is exceptionally charismatic, and people seem drawn to him despite his lesser qualities.
Fruthermore when Bertha sets the house on fire, Rochester neglects his own safety in trying to save her. He thinks of her safety before his own and such an act redeems him in jane’s eyes. This is seen in Chapter 27, when Rochester is speaking to Jane about his love for her, “Then you are mistaken, and you know nothing about me, and nothing about the sort of love of which I am capable.
Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own”.
The Byronic hero is also known to be prone to moodiness.
This is clearly typical of Rochester, as we see his first few encounters with Jane at Thornfield Hall.