“Do you never laugh, Miss Eyre? Don’t trouble yourself to answer — I see you laugh rarely; but you can laugh very merrily: believe me, you are not naturally austere, any more than I am naturally vicious. The Lowood constraint still clings to you somewhat; controlling your features, muffling your voice, and restricting your limbs; and you fear in the presence of a man and a brother — or father, or master, or what you will — to smile too gaily, speak too freely, or move too quickly: but, in time, I think you will learn to be natural with me, as I find it impossible to be conventional with you; and then your looks and movements will have more vivacity and variety than they dare offer now. I see at intervals the glance of a curious sort of bird through the close-set bars of a cage: a vivid, restless, resolute captive is there; were it but free, it would soar cloud-high.“
Thank you for sharing this with me, lovely. I shall peruse it directly! *claps hands with excitement* @heatherfield I thought maybe you’d find that post interesting as well. :)
I didn’t manage to catch the title of the first episode when I started watching, but when I stumbled headlong into episode 2 “I Am No Bird, And No Net Ensnares Me” I knew that was a DIRECT Jane Eyre reference as it’s one of my favorite quotes (and books) of all-time haha. I just Googled all the episode titles and it’s clear they’re all nods to Jane Eyre. *heart eyes* So fascinating!
Can we talk about how Anne quotes Jane Eyre in the new adaption? Or how the episode titles are named after Jane Eyre quotes? Anne and Jane are my favorite fictional characters ever and I find it very interesting that one is familiar with the other.
Reader, nope didn’t marry anybody single as foreverAlone; here are my four favorite Jane Eyre quotes.
“Jane, be still; don’t struggle so like a wild, frantic bird, that is rending its own plumage in its desperation.“ "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
** I love this quote, I remember reading this for the first time and thinking “woah she’s amazing” but then when I got to the “which I now exert to leave you” part; I grew ever more fond of Jane; She got no time for side-chick business.
“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
** this is where I learned that love should be between two people who respect each other; who are each others equal; none above the other; give as much as you get; Jane was adamant about beng independent and that is something that I inspire to do today. ….also why I’m gonna be a single forever; I’m a selfish ass.
“If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
** you can’t judge me son
“I am not an angel,’ I asserted; ‘and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself. Mr. Rochester, you must neither expect nor exact anything celestial of me - for you will not get it, any more than I shall get it of you: which I do not at all anticipate.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
** Jane Eyre teaching girls to be their damn selfs , imperfections and all;
Diana announced that she would just give me time to get over the honeymoon, and then she would come and see me.
“She had better not wait till then, Jane,” said Mr. Rochester, when I read her letter to him; “if she does, she will be too late, for our honeymoon will shine our life long: its beams will only fade over your grave or mine.”
I have a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. And if you were to leave I’m afraid that cord of communion would snap. And I have a notion that I’d take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, you’d forget me.
‘Know, that in the course of your future life you will often find yourself elected the involuntary confidant of your acquaintances’ secrets: people will instinctively find out, as I have done, that it is not your forte to tell of yourself, but to listen while others talk of themselves; they will feel, too, that you listen with no malevolent scorn of their indiscretion, but with a kind of innate sympathy; not the less comforting and encouraging because it is very unobtrusive in its manifestations.’
It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot. Nobody knows how many rebellions besides political rebellions ferment in the masses of life which people earth. Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.