Spoiler Alert: Dear reader, if you haven’t finished Jane Eyre, please do not let me ruin the ending for you. Come back and read this post when you have completed the book.
Play a game with me?
Pretend that one day Edward Fairfax Rochester Junior asks mommy and daddy about their wedding.
My own children have done it. They look through the photo album and ask scads of questions. Who’s this? What are you doing here? What happened then?
Do Rochester and Jane talk about the wedding that almost was?
Do they say how mommy and daddy were employee and employer, and they broke the rules of society with their planning to wed? Do they explain how no guests were invited to witness the event? Do they reveal that daddy already had a mentally unstable wife hidden in an upstairs bedroom? Do they share that the ceremony was interrupted? Do they admit how mommy fled Thornfield in the middle of the night? Do they talk about the months they spent apart? Do they discuss the fire at Thornfield and how Bertha Mason Rochester died? Do they speak of the unusual way they came back together?
Don’t get me wrong. I was thrilled to read the first sentence of chapter 38:
Reader, I married him.
And when I finally watch a movie version of Jane Eyre, I just might clap when that line is uttered, but think about it for a moment.
How do they tell their love story?