300–The Big Three-oh-oh!

Heather

Mother, knitter, spinner, writer, wife, weaver, host...not necessarily in that order...

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  1. Gemma says:

    A Jane Eyre comment (I’ve been listening with a delay again)…

    “I shall sully the purity of your floor”? Am I the only one who thinks he’s not really talking about the floor? Must get mind out of gutter… Seriously though- doesn’t this seem like an odd way to talk about getting slush on the floor ? Purity is clearly important to Rivers- or at least he says it is (keen on money though, isn’t he?). His opinion of marriage to Miss Oliver (marry in haste; repent at leisure) is a strong contrast to Rochester’s marriage to Bertha Mason. This whole chapter seems a bit schamlzy and stereotypical (man turns up in filthy weather while the heroine is reading her book by a roaring fire)- but maybe this is due to this sort of scene being copied by everyone else (schmalz doesn’t seem Charlotte’s style ordinarily)!

    • Heather says:

      TOTALLY AGREE–and I think this moment is 100% Charlotte drawing on Byronic-style moments. Yeah, I think the veneer of schmaltz comes from the copiers more than her.

      And, I like the way your gutter mind works. It’s clever.