- Such is the tone of this book that I am quite frequently reminded of EA Poe. "I shall not be your Jane Eyre any longer, but an ape in a harlequin's jacket" I must say reminds me of Poe "Hop-Frog," though here, likely, is the least similar comparison between the two authors. More, again, I think the recollection calls stronger attention to the issue of tone than any issue of conflict.
- It seems that perhaps this, well, tirade of Mr.R's at the head of the chapter brings to the surface a distinct, and perhaps jarring, difference between the two lovers. What is it?
- Mr.R asks, "What do you anticipate of me?" and Jane's reply is bleak! If she's right, what is her evidence, more than that of storybooks; if she is wrong, why is she perhaps naturally prone to such a misjudgment?
- Mr.R pleads his case and Jane asks, "Had you ever experience of such a character, sir? Did you ever love such an one?" // Mr.R: “I love it now.” // Jane: “But before me: if I, indeed, in any respect come up to your difficult standard?” Is this not a question impossible to answer? Why or why not? Is she justified in asking it?
- What do Hercules and Samson have to do with any of this?
- What is the real argument going on here? Why does Jane not want the jewels, and why is Mr.R so bent on receiving them to her?
- And here it is! Soon after reference to a biblical king comes, "but for God's sake, don't desire a useless burden! Don't long for poison—don't turn out a downright Eve on my hands!" Is she an Eve? (Okay, I know that this is actually a pretty huge question. Simplify.)
- This, I think, is my new favorite line: "My principles were never trained, Jane; they may have grown a little awry for want of attention."
- It is a hard thing for those of this current American culture to understand (and very little do I) the weight carried by "station" in Jane-Eyre period England. What is Jane's station compared to Mr.R's, and what are the consequences both--NOT JUST MR. ROCHESTER--are accepting by marrying?
- Is there yet disbelief within Jane that the marriage will happen?
- All that glitters is not gold: HERE.
- Of course, if Jane becomes a Rochester and inherits permanent residence at Thornfield, is she not bound to discover the mystery of the third floor, Mrs. Poole, and Mr. Mason?
- brat and bairn
- And as this chapter has produced my favorite line, so has it lent my favorite scene: the discussion of the moon and faeries between Mr.R and Adele. Fantastic!
- "I could not, in those days, see God for His creature: of whom I had made an idol."
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Jane Eyre XXIV -- chapter 24: A PLANE JANE
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