character: jane eyre

If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people would have it all their own way: they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse. When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should — so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again.
—  Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
I hated the mountains and the hills, the rivers and the rain. I hated the sunsets of whatever colour, I hated its beauty and its magic and the secret I would never know. I hated its indifference and the cruelty which was part of its loveliness. Above all I hated her. For she belonged to the magic and the loveliness. She had left me thirsty and all my life would be thirst and longing for what I had lost before I found it.
—  Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea

Charlotte Brontë is a special hero of mine. Born in 1816, She lived in Haworth, England with her family. During the course of her life she lost her mother and all five of her siblings to illness and death. She finally got married at age 37, but being of a sickly constitution herself, she died a year later during her pregnancy. Despite the many tragedies she endured, she was able to write and publish several beautiful novels including Jane Eyre, now a greatly revered classic, and my own personal favorite.

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is published on 16 Oct. 1847, under the name Currer Bell.

“[W]e had a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice; we had noticed how critics sometimes use for their chastisement the weapon of personality, and for their reward, a flattery, which is not true praise.”


Jane Eyre: Edward Rochester [ENTJ]

Te: Edward organizes others and his surroundings in such a way as to provide his own entertainment, and accomplish whatever his goals are (in this case, prompting Jane to feel jealousy). He is eager to take charge of situations and arrange them according to his tastes and desires (wanting to decide what jewels and carriages Jane will ride around in). He’s often scheming and making plans for his future.

Ni: He instinctively understands Jane in a way no one else does. He sees the potential in her, as well as the danger in encouraging her affections. He easily discerns how best to manipulate her to his advantage. He also foresees all the problems in deceiving her and foolishly chooses to do so regardless.

Se: His appreciation for fine things and quick action led to trouble in his youth (an impromptu marriage, an affair with a ballet dancer). Edward can be explosive in his temper as he reacts instantly to situations around him, but he also sees and takes advantage of situations as they present themselves.

Fi: Edward lives according to his own values (immoral as they may be) and doesn’t care what anyone in society thinks of him. He can be callous in dealing with other people’s feelings.