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Jane Eyre

Updated on August 29, 2017

My Review

It's lovely, it's so romantic. Poor Jane in that horrible Lowood school. Then she finds a perfect job as a Governess and meets Mr Rochester and loves him and then shock, horror she is marrying him when his wife's brother turns up, but there is a happy ending.

Love will find a way

I wrote the introduction after not having read Jane Eyre for possibly fifty years. I was about twelve when I read it and the above shows the passionate feeling it left on my young mind. I would probably have harsher things to say about Mr Rochester now, with his asking Jane to marry him with her having no knowledge that this would be bigamous. In my mind she is the heroine whereas he is an also ran, although I'm sure Jane would not have him spoken of thus.

It is very interesting to be re-visiting Thornfield Hall and its occupants. Interesting to see the reactions of someone in their sixties who has not read the book for years. Indeed Rochester seems a strange choice for Jane. He is a very strange man, even given to playing the part of a transvestite. He is a most strange person and one wonders whom Charlotte Bronte was really portraying from her own life as a parson's daughter.

The book gives us a glimpse of life all those years ago, of the position of women then as secondary to men and of the way in which a poor girl had to make her way in the world.Indeed Jane's treatment as a governess was far superior to that of many another.

In our day Rochester and Jane would have lived happily together without marriage, but at that time it would have been scandalous, although those in Bohemian literary circles would even have got away with it then. Jane and Rochester have to wait for fate to lend a hand and bring them back together.

True love triumphs over all.

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The best line ever:

"It was as if a band of Italian days had come from the South, like a flock of glorious passenger birds, and lighted to rest them on the cliffs of Albion."

Did they live happily ever after?

You will have to read the book to find out and I do not want to spoil it for you. Edward Rochester is a very difficult man and such men do not take easily to being handicapped. Much as he loved Jane I feel he would have resented having to depend on her so much. However Jane has a character of steel forged in the crucible of suffering. Her treatment by her cousins as the book opens and at Lowood school taught her to endure through difficulties. Yes, her love for Edward Rochester would have stood the test of time. Where a feebler wife would have stayed, in those days,but grown a shadow of herself, Jane would have continued to blossom beside the irascible love of her life.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      I read it such a long time ago, too... but it is unforgettable, as is Wuthering Heights. Some amazing talented writing!!

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      It's been a long time since I've read Jane Erye, but your review of this intriguing story is inspiring me to read it again.

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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      One of my favorite books.

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      honeymishi07 6 years ago

      The Jane Eyre books is my favorite from Charlotte Bronte. Villette and Shiley are must-read from her as well. :)

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I remember watching an old B&W movie version of this which was really creepy.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I read it in French when I was a teenager.

      I would need to reread it to refresh my memory.

      This time I will read it in English.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I'm currently reading Wide Sargasso Sea, a 'prequel' which does not give a very favourable impression of Rochester either. It's a strange book and I like 'Jane Eyre' better but it is interesting to learn about the first wife and her life as it might have been.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Jane Eyre has always been one of my favorites. Yes, your review is fair. The characters and circumstances in this book are difficult to assess, which is one of the reasons it's great literature!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      Liz, I really love this lens and will forward it to my daughter...Jane Eyre is one of her favorite books! Jeanie https://hubpages.com/family/reminiscence-2

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great work Liz and great review...well done!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      I think you've done the book justice. Nice work.