- Wow! A juxtaposition I would have never presupposed: Jane Eyre-ish England and Havana!
- Whether love is involved or not, what benefit is Mr. Rochester already gaining from the presence and listening ear of Jane Eyre--what is the therapy, more than "refresh"ment--and the saving of his life?
- "Strange that I should choose you for the confidante of all this, young lady; passing strange that you should listen to me quietly, as if it were the most usual thing in the world for a man like me to tell stories of his opera-mistresses to a quaint, inexperienced girl like you! But the last singularity explains the first, as I intimated once before: you, with your gravity, considerateness, and caution were made to be the recipient of secrets." Perhaps in contrast to the previous question, this sounds a little like Jane is becoming a receptacle--a box--much like Pandora's.
- The conversation of the lovers with Mr. Rochester "was rather calculated to weary than enrage a listener." Hmm. Perhaps this is the subconscious motive behind all excuses, justifications, and lengthy apologies. I will have to pay more attention to my students words at test times and due dates.
- What a complicated thing the custody of poor Adele has become! Part of me wonders if Mr. Rochester brushes aside the girl--or scorns her--because he is simply callow and brusk. But if this is the case, why bring her in at all? More likely or more hopefully, for my part--and this certainly because I'm the ever and hopeful idealist--there is some much more complex issue at heart here. Thoughts? More importantly--and for better of worse, this rings quietly at the door of contrivance--not to mention more obviously, why would this spur the inner mamma-bear in Jane Eyre? Whatever the case turns out to be, I can't help but cherish a hope that Mr. Rochester does not, as Jane believes, think so poorly of Adele.
- Is Jane falling in love with Mr. Rochester?
- The haunting later that night seems much more palpable and significant than anything earlier, but was it benevolent, malignant, or arbitrary? If the first, what might this indicate about Jane's spirituality (a very speculative, and likely insignificant, question)?
- Expound a moment on the use of the word "baptize" at the finish of the fire.
- I love this: "You have saved my life: I have a pleasure in owing you so immense a debt. I can not say more. Nothing else that has being would have been tolerable to me in the character of creditor for such an obligation: but you: it is different—I feel your benefits no burden, Jane." Why is his debt to Jane not a burden?
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Thursday, January 6, 2011
Jane Eyre XV -- chapter 15: FIRE and LOVE (one and the same?)
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