I’m beginning to think that Jane snuck a look at my WEM book. Remember the homework that I must complete at the end of each novel? In the Third Level of Inquiry: Rhetoric-Stage Reading section of the WEM book there are two little question at the very bottom of the page.
“Is this book an accurate portrayal of life? Is it true?”
Now back to Jane…
In chapter 12 she seems to have a thing for truth-telling. She goes so far to use the word “truth” twice in two pages. The first time she’s discussing Adele. It seems Adele is making noted progress but that she does not posses “great talents, no marked traits of character, no peculiar development of feeling or taste, which raised her one inch above the ordinary level of childhood.” A few phrases later Jane says it.
“I am merely telling the truth.”
The next section finds Jane describing Grace Poole. Jane mentions her “eccentric murmurs” and her strange laughter. Then she goes on to describe how she witnesses how Grace would “go down to the kitchen, and shortly return, generally (oh, romantic reader, forgive me for telling the plain truth!) bearing a pot of porter.”
Did you catch it? “oh, romatinc reader, forgive me for telling the plain truth!”
Jane seems to want us to believe in the accuracy of her descriptions. Is Jane establishing her trust-worthiness? I think Jane needs us to believe her. Later will things happen that will make us doubt her? Hmmmmm