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Final thoughts

Yay, I finished.


I think the following is one of the most beautiful passages in the book:

"[God] sees not as man sees, but far clearer: judges not as man judges, but far more wisely. I did wrong: I would have sullied my innocent flower—breathed guilt on its purity: the Omnipotent snatched it from me. ... Divine justice pursued its course; disasters came thick on me: I was forced to pass through the valley of the shadow of death. His chastisements are mighty; and one smote me which has humbled me forever. ... I began to experience remorse, repentance; the wish for reconcilement to my Maker."

This is the moment that defines Rochester as a True Man, and without this the ending would, I think, be unsatisfactory. Sure, they would have been together, but without recognising his errors and sincerely having turned from them, it would have been a hollow joy.

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mattiescottage
Jul. 17th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
Amen. Well said.

I was a little puzzled at earlier claims some folks seemed to be making about Mr. Rochester being so "good." He had some good intentions, but selfish ones that led him to grab the reins from God, create his own definition of "right," and in the process recklessly endanger his "flower".

Personally, I felt that Jane was not wary enough of a man who certainly gave plenty of hints that he would lie and conceal and tend to want to control and manipulate at times. (Of course he had a warm and wonderful heart down deep, but it was tainted and off the track of Truth or Right.) Jane recognized immediately that his manipulation at the gipsy scene (and later to Miss Ingram) "wasn't fair" and "was not right," but forgave him. Here is where I do agree with butterbobbin, that this is the point where she had not yet enough experience to recognize this as the danger it was. (If you find someone lying to anyone or manipulating them in some way to get what they want, they'll do it to you eventually, if they aren't already. RUN AWAY!!!!)

Yes, the above paragraph is the redemption paragraph. Only at this point does Mr. Rochester get his halo.


joyfulmelody
Jul. 20th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
"...she had not yet enough experience to recognize this as the danger it was. (If you find someone lying to anyone or manipulating them in some way to get what they want, they'll do it to you eventually, if they aren't already. RUN AWAY!!!!)"

It always fascinates me when someone says something like this. I relate to Jane in the lacking some life experience department (and many other ways too), and it's been my experience that EVERYONE lies and manipulates at times (maybe Jane saw that too?). Some times it's rare and only in small, stupid cases that are easily forgiven, but it does happen, even among Christians who would swear they NEVER EVER lie even if it were to cause them severe problems. Am I just meeting & surrounded by the wrong people? Even my parental figures would preach not lying, but then in the next breath, lie themselves.

Edited at 2009-07-20 08:32 am (UTC)
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