Week two of my heir to the Eyre challenge (I am really tired today – please just ignore the ramblings… ). My goal was to average 10 pages a day and today, 14 days in I have just closed the book at page 140. AND in all honesty, I read the majority of my commitment for this week this afternoon.
So where am I?
Jane is now in Thornfield Hall and in these last 70 pages has met her charge, explored the lands, met Mr. Rochester, and now I have just finished several pages of his (Rochester’s) interrogation of Jane…ie. where do you come from? How did you get this job? Where is your family? Do you find me handsome?(yeah… I thought that was random and awkward too).
Yet Jane is…. growing on me. Yes it is too early to say yet if we will be BFF’s…. but I am finding it a bit ironic that I have recently praised Harlan Coben this week for creating witty characters that I love… and now here is Charlotte Bronte bringing to life this witty 18-year-old Jane who is quick to respond and not afraid to add some zip to her responses, even in the presence of her employer. And I am sorry to say Harlan Coben but I have to give extra snaps to Charlotte Bronte for being witty and brilliant about a hundred plus years before you were born.
So here we are… I am not really sure what Mr. Rochester is getting at by being mostly closed off and grumpy and then occasionally chatty (is booze involved? I don’t know..) but currently he reminds me a bit of Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) dark and broody and I did not like Heathcliff EVER so am wondering if I will ever like Rochester… and then because I am tired and rambling I wonder why the brilliant Bronte sisters write of such dark unpleasant men, and I wonder where they found such a man appealing and I wonder what their dad was like?
As of now… here is my current rating:
This concludes this weeks Eyre report. To see back reports of how each week is going – they are linked below:
Anyone else reading along? What are your thoughts at this point?