jane and mr. rochester

anonymous asked:

In reading "Jane Eyre", how do you get over the fact that Mr. Rochester told Jane that he was going to marry Blanche, and send her and Adele away, up to literally seconds before he proposes to her?

You don’t “get over it.” You accept it as part of the story and part of a deeply flawed man’s personality. He did a shitty thing. A lot of the book is about Rochester learning to adjust his shitty behavior and Jane learning she loves him even though she’s been the victim of his shitty behavior more than once. It’s about contrition and forgiveness. Jane Eyre isn’t fluff romance where you’re just supposed to love everyone and watch them make heart eyes at each other across a coffee shop. Real stories have real problems if you just try to “get over them” the work will lose a lot of its impact.

Here is what I have learned about myself while writing this entry: I do have a type and that type is British, brooding, and preferably in period dress. Day 29 of the October challenge by @journaling-junkie

In no particular order: Richard Armitage as John Thornton (North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell), Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte), Tom Hiddleston as Loki (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and the original bad boy himself, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen).

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Happy birthday to Charlotte Brontë! A member of the prolific Brontë family, Charlotte published many works during her short life, including Jane Eyre and Villette. She often published under the pseudonym Currer Bell in order to avoid contemporary stereotypes of female authors. Enjoy these wood engravings of Jane Eyre and her flawed hero Mr. Rochester. 

(images Brontë’s Jane Eyre (PR4167 .J3 1943))

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Jane Eyre Month - Favorite Male Character: Edward Fairfax Rochester

“Nature meant me to be, on the whole, a good man, Miss Eyre: one of the better kind, and you see I am not so. […] Then take my word for it, — I am not a villain: you are not to suppose that — not to attribute to me any such bad eminence; but owing, I verily believe, rather to circumstances than to my natural bent, I am a trite common-place sinner, hackneyed in all the poor petty dissipations with which the rich and worthless try to put on life.”

No sight so sad as that of a naughty child,“ he began, "especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?”

“They go to hell,” was my ready and orthodox answer.

“And what is hell? Can you tell me that?”

“A pit full of fire.”

“And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?”

“No, sir.”

“What must you do to avoid it?”

I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: “I must keep in good health and not die.

—  Charlotte Bronte (Jane
Eyre)

I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.