i finished re-reading Jane Eyre and i must confess that it has either been too long since i last this book, or the last time i started skimming somewhere around the middle, because it was like reading it for the first time. what drama those bronte sisters wrote! most of the story was so very tragic and gloomy. i might have put it down except for the incredible skill in which the author tells the story and for the beautiful character of jane eyre herself. jane is such a bright star in the dark story. her character is so full of strength, determination, and the will power to do what is right no matter what the cost to herself. she is independent and fierce; she stands up for herself, and speaks her mind. all of these are qualities which would not have been acceptable for a woman in the author's day. jane eyre was quite ahead of her time.
so with the backdrop of adversity, charlotte bronte creates a chiaroscuro effect with the brilliant light of jane eyre. beautiful.
everyday gift: reading a classic