Good news, everyone. I’m safe. I’ve been including Jane Eyre on my list of all-time favorite books since I read it in 2008. Having only read it once, I was afraid that I would reread it and end up hating it. But, we’re only a fourth of the way in, and I already remember why I love the book so much. It have very little to do with the plot and almost everything to do with Jane.
“I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into it’s expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it’s perils.”
“I deliberated a moment; my answer, when it did come, was objectionable: ‘I must keep in good health, and not die.'”
And then, after Mr. Brocklehurst leaves, she confronts her aunt about the lies her aunt told about her.
“How dare I, Mrs. Reed? How dare I? Because it is the truth. You think I have no feelings, and that I can do without one bit of love or kindness; but I cannot live so: and you have no pity…How dare I, Mrs. Reed? How dare I? Because it is the truth.”
*The Eyre Affair is the first book of the delightful Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. Thursday is a literary detective in an alternate world where it is possible to enter books. Thursday is a literary detective who is pulled into the BookWorld when Acheron Hades kidnaps Jane Eyre from her book. Fforde’s humor takes a bit of getting used to (think Monty Python or Douglas Adams), but the series is hilarious and chock full of literature/reading jokes.
This post is part of the Septemb-Eyre Read-Along hosted on Entomology of a Bookworm. There’s still time to join us, if you like!