Folks, it’s time. It’s time to start talking about the book I love more than any in the world: Jane Eyre. I’ve put it off for far too long, because I didn’t know where to start. I can’t tell you how many reviews I’ve started and then had to stop because they start to become ridiculously long. I can’t just write a book about how much I love Jane Eyre (well I could, but you know). So I’m going to break it down and try to isolate the pieces that inspire me. And write about them, for as long as it takes.
Because I have the most time to write on Saturdays and Sundays, I’m starting this series “Sundays with Jane.” We’ll start today just talking about some of the brilliant words that Charlotte Bronte uses (we’re starting super small). Other topics I plan to cover include:
- Fire & Ice
- Magic & Mysticism
- Emotion & Integrity
- Use of the 1st Person
No matter how many times I’ve read it, Jane Eyre is always a learning experience—if for nothing else, then for all of the words I learn (and then forget until the next time I read it). Charlotte Bronte was raised in an isolated family; they lived on the moors in Yorkshire, England, and didn’t get out much. So growing up, the way Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell entertained themselves was by writing and reading. Charlotte was a remarkable student, and admired authors like William Makepeace Thackeray and Samuel Johnson. Clearly very light reading. It’s no surprise then, since she admired the famous dictionary-writer, that her own writing style would be sesquipedalian (using long words).Continue Reading