“And what business have you here?” she continued. “It is not your place. Mary and I sit in the kitchen sometimes, because at home we like to be free, even to license – but you are a visitor, and must go into the parlour.”
– Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre, Chapter 29. Jane is in the kitchen at Moor House, but Diana Rivers tells her to go to the parlor because she is a visitor. Diana is implying that Jane doesn’t belong with them in the kitchen, that she is not completely welcome in their home. It is a reminder to Jane of her homeless situation.