On tonight’s episode of Jane Eyre

17 Feb

Parts of Jane Eyre reminded me a little of a combination of two reality tv shows: Undercover Boss and The Bachelor.

Mr. Rochester is Jane’s boss.
In chapter 19  he disguised himself as a gypsy.
Remind me again why he did that.
Was it…    To torture/entertain his house guests?  To attempt to find out if Jane had feelings for him?  For his own enjoyment because at times he’s a little unstable himself?

Anyway… not much was revealed about Jane’s feelings in the gypsy session.  Rochester continued with his plan to marry Blanche Ingram.  Jane believed the wedding was going to happen even though no wedding preparations were taking place.

This is where I picture The Bachelor Finale.  Which woman will Rochester choose?  It’s chapter 23.  Rochester has narrowed down the playing field to Blanche Ingram and Jane Eyre.  At this point it seems Miss Ingram will win the “ring.”

Rochester and Jane are out in the garden.  Jane knows Rochester must give the “ring” to Blanche.  He tells Jane that she must go to Ireland to be a governess.  She doesn’t want to go.  He doesn’t want her to go.  There’s angst.

The whole chapter is intense.  Rochester argues with himself as much as he argues with Jane.  Two often quoted passages from Jane Eyre are found in this very chapter.

‘Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless?  You think wrong!’

‘I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.’

There is much protesting, but at the end of the chapter, Rochester has convinced Jane that he will not marry Blanche Ingram and that he will marry her!  I also felt that much of the chapter was Rochester convincing himself that he would marry Jane.

I want three questions answered at the wrap up session of Reality TV Jane Eyre.  You know those shows always have an episode after the finale where all the “players” are invited back to ask questions and  explain their actions.

I want to know…
Why did Rochester pretend like he was going to marry Blanche Ingram?
Was his proposal to Jane as spontaneous as it seemed to be?
Did anyone else notice that Jane fell in love with the very first man she met?


Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Jane Eyre


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2 responses to “On tonight’s episode of Jane Eyre

  1. Christina

    February 17, 2012 at 11:57 am

    1) When you find out let me know. It just seemed cruel.
    2) Oh, maybe so, I never thought of it as anything but premeditated, but I bet you’re right.
    3) Not until you brought it up. I’m beginning to think I’m not very perceptive. If I were more perceptive I might have figured out my lack of perception earlier.
    4) You are right to not call this episode “After the Rose” because that title surely belongs to The Scarlet Letter.
    5) Isn’t it ironic that you, who doesn’t like conclusion/wrap-up chapters, want an “After the Book” Q&A with the characters? Hmmmm . . .

    • Christine

      February 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      4. clever
      5. Oh, and I protested so much at our wrap-up! (sheesh!) Accepted/Approved epilogues answer the questions in which I am interested. I want no meaningless details about minor characters. I demand the author stay focused on the protagonist. I am fickle and rather bossy. I wonder how many other classic titles have them. My new way to judge classic books: good or bad epilogue.


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