Nanny McBessie

31 Jan

What kind of nanny are you, Bessie?  You scold and punish.  You make young Jane do your tidying and cleaning.  In chapter four Jane says she’s tired of being on the receiving end of your “transitory anger.”  Backing up to chapter three Jane gives a thorough description of you.

I remember her as a slim young woman, with black hair, dark eyes, very nice features, and good, clear complexion; but she had a capricious and hasty temper, and indifferent ideas of principle or justice; still, such as she was, I preferred her to any one else at Gateshead Hall.

It seems rather like picking the lesser of three evils: Abbot, Mrs. Reed, and Bessie. 

You must have remembered the preference Jane showed for you because the night before she was to leave for Thornfield, you comes to Lowood (chapter 10).  Why?  To see how Jane turned out in spite of all of you at Gateshead?  Does your mistress know that you made the trip? 

And stranger still… why did you name your daughter Jane?

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