One cold afternoon Jane Eyre was reading a book in a room adjacent to the drawing room. Mrs. Reed, Eliza, John and Georgiana were sitting in the drawing room. Immediately Jane was absorbed in the book, John Reed called her and asked her what she was doing. Jane replied that she was reading a book, and asked what he wanted. At this John Reed turned furious and told her to address him as Master Reed.
He also told her that being a dependent she had no right to take their books. Jane was asked to stand by the door. When she stood there John hurled the book at her. She was wounded. The heavy book cut her head. An angry Jane called him a wicked and cruel boy. At this John flew at her and grasped her hair and shoulder. She screamed. Mrs. Reed and the servants seperated them.
Mrs. Reed then asked the servants to take Jane to the red room and lock her there. Besse, the nurse and Miss Abbot the maid dragged her upstairs. Jane resisted but in vain. Miss Abbot cried at her and rebuked her for striking John Reed, the young master. Jane however would not like to recognise John as master because she did not like to think herself a servant. Miss Abbot told her that she was less than a servant because she did not work for her food and lodging. Then Jane was left alone in the room locking the door behind them.