If you are a frequent visitor and reader, you will have noticed the list of blogs and sites which I follow over on the right. One of my personal favorites is Sentence First, by Stan Carey. (Read his "about" here, if you're remotely curious.) Today, surprisingly, his post provided the perfect title for my own and for chapter 19 of our current book, Jane Eyre: "Laughing on the Other Side of Your Face." So, by combination of Carey's post and in the spirit of chapter 19, be the gypsy and read my mind: what is the connection I'm getting at between Mr. Carey's and my own blog entries?
- "The eagerness of a listener quickens the tongue of a narrator."
- Shortly after indirectly affirming his love for Miss Ingram, he proceeds to examine Jane's face with such exquisite attention and detail that we may wonder, can it be anything but love that sees her as he does now, for love is as interested in the faults as the assets, and sometimes the more so for them? After all: "I should wish now to protract this moment ad infinitum; but I dare not."
- In the moment of the fortune telling, was Mr.R simply and boldly stating his feelings, or was he lost in the moment and gushing as romantically as unwittingly? Does it matter?
- "Do you forgive me, Jane?" Well?
- Some have said that trust and love go hand in hand, others that they are one and the same. Clearly Mr.R not only trusts Jane, and to the core, but loves her; he also admitted his love for Miss Ingram. Can he love both? Is it possible he trusts Miss Ingram as well?
- More questions: who is Mr. Mason? What is Mr.R's history with him? Does this have anything to do with Mrs. Poole, with the fire? Does Jane really know anything about our Mr. Rochester? If not, what/whom is she in love with (and I don't think Jane is so impractical as to be one who is in love with being in love)?