Mid-Jane Eyre

I am only halfway through the novel, but within 50 pages or so I could completely see why so many people consider this a primary “comfort read.” Unless some antipathetic turn should come in the second half, I expect I will feel the same way.

I know, of course, the mystery of the demoniacal laughter on the third floor. I have even read Wide Sargasso Sea. Rarely if ever do I feel “spoiled” by knowing the plot of a novel, but this time I do a little bit. The romance excites me unexpectedly; would I be more excited by the mystery if I didn’t know the resolution?

I love the simultaneous desires with a book like this both to finish it and to keep reading it. Makes me want to take a day off work and curl up with it. Yes, all the hallmarks of the comfort read.

5 comments to Mid-Jane Eyre

  • I always think Jane Eyre gets better the second or third time you read it…mystery or no mystery, there are other surprises to discover. I read Wide Sargasso Sea last year and then reread Jane Eyre – very fun to discuss the two at the same time.

  • Man, do I not find this book comforting, except in the sense that I know I’m in good hands. I won’t rehash WE’s Jane Eyre week, though.

    I think the plot of this novel has been declared permanently spoiled. The most assigned book of feminist literary criticism puts the big plot twist right in its title. Maybe the denser undergrads never figure out what it means.

  • How can you not be comforted by such good hands? I will have to go visit and find that week myself, but not until I am done, I think.

  • missprint

    I had similar questions when I was reading “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson where the revelation of what happens to the main character is supposed to be shocking and, well, revelatory. Except I knew what happened after reading the blurb for the movie adaptation. Ah well.

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