- Is St. John indeed punishing Jane? She believes he incurs no guilt for what he is or, in this case, isn't doing. What do you think? --Or is Jane just reading her own impressions into the situation because she feels guilty for scorning him?
- St. John's obstinacy, in the form of his intentional misunderstanding of Jane, is baffling. Is his interest in marrying Jane exactly as simple as he pretends? Or is it even really obstinacy?
- "It remains for me, then, to remember you in my prayers; and to entreat God for you, in all earnestness, that you may not indeed become a castaway. I had thought I recognized in you one of the chosen. But God sees not as man sees: His will be done." By this very declaration, does not St. John believe himself to "see" as God sees, thereby alluding to an inhuman godliness in and of himself? In context of the story, has God called Jane to the ministry, or has St. John; is there a difference here?
- "grilled alive in Calcutta" -- I'm surprised how early this shows up in literature. (etymology of "grill")