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One of the reasons Jane Eyre has continued to be popular for so long is the universality of its themes.

No, most of us will never become nannies and fall in love with the dark, emotionally-tortured master of the house...

HOWEVER, who has not gone through a phase at least once in her life which would mirror Jane's dilemma in Chapter 18: cherishing a secret passion for a man who seems to prefer the company of another woman, a woman who ultimately (we believe) will not make him happy... or not, at least, as happy as we could make him if only we had the chance.

I mean, come ON!

What woman worth her salt can read this and not sympathize with Jane?

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butterbobbin
Jul. 17th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
*looks around for any raised hands*
ruthette
Jul. 17th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
What, am I the only one, then?

I know that's not possible.
butterbobbin
Jul. 17th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm looking for hands raised to affirm that they don't sympathise with Jane. I certainly do.
ruthette
Jul. 17th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
AH!

Conversational clarity at last!
butterbobbin
Jul. 17th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
See, I don't COMMUNICATE clearly. So we're in the same boat.

Maybe I should start Jumping Off Things.
ruthette
Jul. 17th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
I recommend waiting until GooGoo Cluster has hatched.
butterbobbin
Jul. 17th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
That would probably be recommendable. Have I posted yet how not only do things fall out of my hand, but they fall out of my MOUTH? I wouldn't want to trust myself jumping off anything at the moment.
singersdd
Jul. 17th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree. I think all women have felt that way at least once in their lives.
mattiescottage
Jul. 18th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I have always liked more the thought of a man appreciating what sort of "furniture" a woman had inside her brain and soul. . . and loving her for it. That would be my dream. [Sigh :-)]

If it were believable, I could relate to the other-woman story, but I never bought that Mr. Rochester was much interested in Miss Ingram any more than Jane did. I can much better relate that theme in Mansfield Park, which has the much more typical story of a man idiotically falling for someone who isn't right for him while the woman who better understands and loves him looks on.
ruthette
Jul. 18th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love Mansfield Park!!!
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