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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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Jul 11, 09

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, classics, audiobook, social, gothic, librivox
Read in December, 2008

Splendid social novel which endeavours to analyse a big range in the spectrum of human feelings: from helpless rage to never-consumed vendetta, from self-denial to the expansions of platonic and religious love.

It probably suffers from not so spotless a narration, many times diluted, sometimes bored, but surely the poetry of the language is quite enough to relieve the reader in those parts which might result as somewhat stagnant.

Strong is the influence of XVI century english classics, especially for what concerns the Eyre/Rochester duet. Also particularly active, since the first pages, many aspects of the Gothic novel, reused though, only to be put in ridicule by the natural flow of events.


“No sight so sad as that of a naughty child,” he began, “especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?”
“They go to hell,” was my ready and orthodox answer.
“And what is hell? Can you tell me that?”
“A pit full of fire.”
“And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?”
“No, sir.”
“What must you do to avoid it?”
I deliberated a moment; my answer, when it did come, was objectionable: “I must keep in good health, and not die.” ~ JANE EYRE


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