5 of 5 stars
After a troubled childhood, Jane Eyre becomes a governess for the ward of the dark and brooding Mr. Rochester with whom she falls in love.
I lingered in the long passage to which this led, separating the front and back rooms of the third storey: narrow, low, and dim, with only one little window at the far end, and looking, with its two rows of small black doors all shut, like a corridor in some Bluebeard’s castle.
A book finds its way onto my ‘favorites’ list when subsequent re-readings yield just as much, if not more, enjoyment than the initial read. I think the first time I read Jane Eyre was in high school, and though I’ve re-read it a handful of times since then, I’m always finding new, interesting tidbits about the work that I didn’t realize or appreciate before. I enjoy watching the progressive development of Jane’s character and her conscience; though the first time I read it, I remember being confused at the young Jane being so different from the older Jane. It’s only now that I’m older that I recognize the metamorphosis that took place in her as she matured. I also for the very first time noticed the quote above, its blatant foreshadowing, and the direct reference to my Project Fairy Tale story.
Project Fairy Tale Connection:
- Poor girl marries wealthy, influential man?
Check (sorta)! Jane has no money or connections, but Rochester is both rich and powerful; though unlike Bluebeard, his secret is revealed prior to their marriage
- Man has a secret he keeps from his wife(-to-be)?
- Wife wonders what’s behind a locked door?
Check! A door on the third floor is locked, and the mysterious servant Grace Poole works there. Strange things happen behind the door, but Rochester begs Jane not to ask.
- Other connections?
Like Bluebeard, Rochester’s secret involves a prior wife
Like Bluebeard’s wife, Jane was “rescued” by family
Overall: A beautifully written and engaging classic.