So I just wanted to talk Charlotte Brontë, because I’ve loved her since I was a girl when I asked my father to buy me Jane Eyre and he said he was unable to find me more than one book by Jane Eyre and would that suffice? I was twelve years old and a bit disappointed he bought it in my mother tongue and not in English. But I was happy and I read it and I loved it with all my heart.
Then I read Villette. I was too young for Villette. It was dark and depressing and did not end well and I was a bit upset that CB wrote so negatively about non-Brits. I found her a bit racist and judged her on the standards of society of today and not by her own upbringing and the morals of her own day. So I did not finish Villette and I put it away.
I then read Shirley. I loved Shirley. She was exactly the way a young lady ought to be in my opinion and she fought for her own opinions and her own man who according to others were all wrong for her. I realize now writing this I need to read Shirley again. Shirley was good.
I then waited a few years and went back to reading Villette. I finished it this time, older and more mature. The book made me sad. Lucy’s plight made me sad. It is a masterpiece. I still haven’t read it again after that day though. It is too hard.
I will now finish with my favorite Jane Eyre quote.
“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! – I have as much soul as you, – and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”