Sunday, January 6, 2008

Jane Eyre

I just finished watching, for the second time, the most recent television adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. I saw it for the first time in October 2006 on BBC One in England, and again last Sunday and this on Masterpiece Theater. In July, Clara and Peter and I visited Haddon Hall, in Derbyshire, where most of the production was filmed, and saw a display of some of the costumes worn in the production. The novel has a famous opening line, and a famous final line, but tonight my eyes filled with tears as Jane (Ruth Wilson) spoke these, my favorite words in the novel:

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!

How good it must have felt to write those words!


Anonymous said...

I haven't made it to Haddon Hall - yet, but I did visit the Parsonage at Haworth along time ago on a suitably murky day. Coincidently, I am just reading the chapter entitled 'Punch and Haworth Parsonage' in Rachel Ferguson's memoirs.

Penny said...

Marvelous words, indeed. I haven't yet seen this production. I'm afraid I'm influenced by my opinionated, literary mother, who was appalled at this casting of Jane. "She looks like an under-housemaid," she declares. I am extremely fond of Zelah Clarke in the role, opposite Timothy Dalton, in the 1983 production. What do you think of this BBC production, on the whole?

I am re-reading "Emma" for the first time in probably 20 years. It's not my favorite Austen, but I've heard enough people say they liked it more with age that I'm giving it another go.

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