Spooky Tour

01 Feb

In chapter eleven Jane arrives at Thornfield Hall and receives a tour of the estate from Mrs. Fairfax the housekeeper.  When they reach the third story, Jane sees some pretty creepy rooms.

     ‘So the servants sleep in these rooms?” I asked.
     ‘No: they occupy a range of smaller apartments to the back: no one ever sleeps here.  One would almost say that if there were a ghost at Thornfield Hall, this would be its haunt.”
     ‘So I think.  You have no ghost then?”
     ‘None that I ever heard of,’ returned Mrs. Fairfax, smiling.
     ‘Nor any traditions of one?  No legends or ghost stories?’
     ‘I believe not.  And yet it is said the Rochesters have been rather a violent than a quiet race in their time.  Perhaps, though, that is the reason they rest tranquilly in their graves now.’

“if there were a ghost…this would be its haunt“?!  Why would the housekeeper say that?  And why would Jane reply with the question, “You have no ghost then?”  She asks in the same way one would ask about a pet.  You have no dog then?  no cat? 

Oh, this is weird!



Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Jane Eyre


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2 responses to “Spooky Tour

  1. Heather Biermann

    February 1, 2012 at 8:52 am

    This reminds me of the old lady who told us band touring gals to not go into the “boogie part of the house”. That was kind of weird too!

    • Christine

      February 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Was that the same house with the huge, claw-foot bathtub?


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