I was a discord in Gateshead Hall; I was like nobody there; I had nothing in harmony with Mrs. Reed or her children, or her chosen vassalage. If they did not love me, in fact, as little did I love them. They were not bound to regard with affection a thing that could not sympathise with one amongst them; a heterogeneous thing, opposed to them in temperament, in capacity, in propensities; a useless thing, incapable of serving their interest, or adding to their pleasure; a noxious thing, cherishing the germs of indignation at their treatment, of contempt of their judgment. I know that had I been a sanguine, brilliant, careless, exacting, handsome, romping child – though equally dependent and friendless – Mrs. Reed would have endured my presence more complacently; her children would have entertained for me more of the cordiality of fellow-feeling; the servants would have been less prone to make me the scape-goat of the nursery.

– Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, Chapter 2. Bronte presents Jane’s life as a dependant child in Gateshead Hall as very isolated. Jane feels that she was like a “nobody” and “noxious” while living there. She is very much an outsider who does not fit in with the Reed family. She neither loves them nor do they love her. The plain-looking and strong-willed Jane believes that had she been a more handsome child and more like the Reeds in temperment, she would have been treated better by them.