PART FOUR - LIFE AT MOOR HOUSE
I Am No Longer Poor
"Oh, St. John,I know that isn't the reason. Tell me the truth!" I said.
"Well, I'd rather not tell you just now, but I suppose you'll find out sooner or later. So I'll tell you a little something about myself. Did you know that my full name is St. John Eyre Rivers?"
"No, I didn't! But then what..." And I stooped, as I had begun to make a connection. Could it be true? but St. John continued to talk.
"you weren't told very much about your family, were you, Jane?" I shook my head. "My mother's last name was Eyre," he said. "She had two brothers. One was a church man, who married a Miss Jane Reed of Gateshead. The other brother was John Eyre of Madeira. Mr. Briggs, Mr. Eyre's lawyer, wrote us a letter. The letter said that our uncle had died, but he had left all his money to his brother's daughter. Then Mr. Briggs wrote again later, saying that no one could find this girl. But I've found her!" He went towards the door, ready to leave.
"Wait! I have to think!" I said. "So this means that you, Diana and Mary are my cousins!"
"That's right," he said. All my life I had been alone. Now I had found family to love and be proud of, for the rest of my life! These people, who had saved my life, were my cousins. This knowledge made me happier than any money ever could.