This review is from: Jane Eyre (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
So much has been written about Charlotte Bronte, her life and her famous novel - the subject of films - which fascinates both readers and viewers, that I hesitate to review it.
The novel interests me as much today as it did when I first read while at grammar school. Jane is an archetypical heroine bereft of friends and family, but she is no milk and water miss. Her principles are admirable. A weaker personality might have agreed to ‘live in sin’, as it was termed in her era, with the enigmatic Mr Rochester, who is passionately in love with her. When the truth about him is revealed at the altar Jane flees and is rescued by a clergyman and his sisters.
Jane’s tale has a happy ending but along the way there were characters both good and bad to entertain me. When I first read the masterpiece (or should it be mistresspiece) I was impressed by Helen, who takes orphaned Jane under her proverbial wing. Upon re-reading the book I considered Helen a good friend to Jane, but too priggish for me to really like her. Nevertheless I admire all the twists and turns in the tale with the resultant emotion, and am one of its innumerable fans.