Monday, February 28, 2011

JANE EYRE Read-a-Long: Check-in #3

Warning: This post contains spoilers!

I think it's supposed to be Check-in #4 but I guess I'm behind as usual.

Okay, so it's the end of the month and I haven't finished my re-read of Jane Eyre. I'm only a few chapters past where I was the last time; Rochester and Jane are about to get married, literally on their way to the altar.

But I read enough to get to my favorite scene, the scene where Rochester proposes, in the garden at night. I think it's one of the most romantic in all of English literature; it's so passionate. Of books I've read from the era, the only thing that even comes close is the scene at the end of Jane Austen's Persuasion when Wentworth writes the letter to Anne saying "You pierce my soul." Only, Rochester would never write Jane a letter to declare his love. That, to me, is the difference between Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austen;  Austen's men lack passion.

So as far as the re-read goes, it's been a lot of fun. I love having an excuse to revisit an old favorite, and I will finish, and write a proper review, but I just need a little more time.

Thank you so much to Laura of Laura's Review Bookshelf for hosting!