“Miss Temple had always something of serenity in her air, of state in her mien, of refined propriety in her language, which precluded deviation into the ardent, the excited, the eager: something which chastened the pleasure of those who looked on her, and listened to her, by a controlling sense of awe” (Bronte 84). Miss Temple is described as a larger than life figure, a powerful sense of goodness, as Christ was.
•“Good with children..had disciples...very forgiving” (Foster 126). How to Read Literature like a Professor lists 3 characteristics of a Christ figure that Miss Temple really exemplifies.
•“I can remember Miss Temple walking lightly and rapidly along our drooping line..encouraging us..to keep our spirits up and march forward like ‘stalwart soldiers’” (Bronte 72). Jane recalls Miss Temple leading the students through the cold, encouraging them throughout the way; it can obviously be inferred that Miss Temple is good with children, while at the same times, she is leading the children like christ lead his disciples.
•“Miss Temple is full of goodness: it pains her to be severe to anyone, even the worst in the school: she sees my errors, and tells me of them gently; and, if I do anything worthy of praise, she gives me my meed liberally” (Bronte 67). Miss Temple shows her forgiveness towards the students of the school, most of whom have no one on their side. Her fairness exerts itself onto Christ-like levels.