Things to do on days when there is no chance of taking a walk
-pick up your cousin’s copy of Bewick’s British Birds
-sit on the windowsill and read it
-get decked by your cousin who is just like the roman emperors
-get sent to your aunt’s red room
-get spooked by the ghost of your nice uncle
Vacant Cinema: Jane Eyre (2011) dir. Cary Joji Fukunaga
I wish a woman could have action in her life, like a man. It agitates me to pain that the skyline over there is ever our limit. I long sometimes for a power of vision that would overpass it, if I could behold all I imagine. I’ve never seen a city. I’ve never spoken with men. And I fear my whole life will pass.
“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.”
If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people would have it all thier own way: they would never feel afraid, and s they would never alter, but grow worse. When we are struck back with no reason, we should strike back again very hard, so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again
This is the view from Charlotte Brontë’s bedroom (now the Brontë Parsonage Museum), Haworth, Yorkshire. Charlotte was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of
the three Brontë sisters whose novels became classics of English literature.