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Jane as Cinderella

sylph – n. a slender and graceful woman, or a spirit of the air

Classical Usage:  For all it’s preternatural talk, it’s hard to say whether Rochester meant this description of Jane’s foot to mean that she was a slight, delicate woman, or if he saw her as being something beyond mere flesh and blood.

Classically Mad Usage:  I only wish I could use this word to describe my image in the mirror, but alas, even my foot doesn’t qualify.  That’s okay, I don’t want anyone confusing me with a mythological creature.

Note:  While the blog, and it’s readers have moved on to The Scarlet Letter, Brontë’s list of words for this series remains quite long.  When our vocabularies are enriched by Charlotte we will then begin to learn Hawthorne’s lexicon.

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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Jane Eyre


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