Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.
But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. What is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?
This was the third time I have read Jane Eyre. Each time I come to read it I prepare myself that I might not love it as much this time, the novelty might have worn off. However, each time I read it, I love it even more for so many reasons. The beautiful and tender way it was written, making you feel the quality and superiority of the writer who penned it. The distinctive and endearing characters who completely bring the story to life. The passionate emotions and intellectual dialogue. I love absolutely everything about this book.
I know many people see this as merely a romance but to me it is so much more than that. Jane goes through so many things and she manages to find joy even in the darkest situation. Rochester was not the only one who Jane felt a deep affection for and the other characters who won her heart were almost equally as important.
As I was reading Jane Eyre this time, I found myself in awe of Charlotte Brontë’s ability. Her careful choosing of each word, the way she crafted each character with their own flaws and strengths. The way the story seemed to effortlessly progress. The story developed in a way that seemed so natural and the way important details were revealed at the right time was so seamless. I find Charlotte Brontë and her writing very inspiring and if you want to read more about her life, I wrote a piece about her a while ago – here.
This is without a doubt one of my favourite books of all time and after the third time reading, I’m sure it will always remain so.
I was also stunned by the amount of lines and quotes which I utterly fell in love with all over again and I’d like to share some here (this is a seriously condensed list):
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
“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!”
“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
“Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel.”
“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”
And of course…
“Reader, I married him.”
On a side note, earlier in the year I read a compilation of short stories entitled ‘Reader, I Married Him’ and all were inspired by Jane Eyre. After reading this beauty again I want to write my own short story inspired by it, so that will be coming on the blog soon…