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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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peanutnine
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#SavvySettings Attic
Going with the obvious on this one
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Eggs Love your felines! Reminiscent of Lady and the Tramp 2mo
peanutnine @Eggs thanks! My grandmother gave them to me, they were her aunt's originally 2mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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I know this gets me kicked out of the club but I have never read either of these novels. I have tried classics in the past and always found them tedious and dull. One of my goals for 2022 is to read 2 classic novels. These two were the ones I'm most interested in. Hoping that because they're pretty I'll be more interested in reading them. 😜

Which one would you recommend to start with?

Chrissyreadit My experience with both books was more than 30 years ago, but if you like stories (well written) with dislikable characters go for Wuthering Heights, I liked Jane Eyre , better, and ultimately it led to one of my favorite books- But that book is a spoiler for Jane Eyre. 4mo
Vansa Depends on which classic, there definitely are some that are unreadable-Ulysses,for instance.Between these two,Jane Eyre is more accessible,so maybe start with that? 4mo
FelinesAndFelonies @Chrissyreadit @Vansa I think be forced to read Beowulf and The Odyssey in high school resulted in me detesting classics. 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Why not read along with some of us who are doing the #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights ? There‘re discussions or random thoughts posts along the way, maybe this is a motivation for you to get to it? 4mo
5feet.of.fury I read Jane Eyre, but in high school where I wasn‘t so… attentive. I‘m trying to read more classics this year, I have an audio version of it on the TBR 4mo
bookaholic1 Your not the only one, I haven't read them myself. I also tried. 4mo
kellock Have your tried rhe serial reader app, you get sent a small chunk everyday. I find it's the only way I can read the classics 4mo
Chrissyreadit @kellock that‘s a great suggestion! I‘m a huge fan of serial reader and second it. 4mo
Chrissyreadit @FelinesAndFelonies yes- I get it- there are several books I read in high school and despise from how they were taught. 4mo
Deifio Hard choice! I've read both and I think I had a better time with Wuthering Heights. I think that's mostly down to Jasper Ffordes Thursday Next Series 4mo
inthegreensandblues I like Jane Eyre much more myself; WH is a divisive book. But with the WH group read going on, you'd have a lot of posts to enjoy under that hashtag while you read. Either way, I hope you like the experience now; it seems that high school ruins the classics for many! 4mo
FelinesAndFelonies @erzascarletbookgasm that's a great idea! I'll check it out. 4mo
FelinesAndFelonies @kellock I hadn't heard of this before. Great idea! 4mo
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Linsy
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Some presents I got for myself from Book Outlet! I'm planning to reread both next year, starting with Jane Eyre. They're just so pretty! 🤩

#wrapitup #festivephotochallenge #wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs

curiouserandcurioser @Linsy they are so pretty! I have the Jane Eyre edition and i love it:) 5mo
BookBabe Really pretty editions! 5mo
aperfectmjk Love Book Outlet! 💕 5mo
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peanutnine
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#eyrereadalong
The last chapter is pretty much an epilogue, letting us know how things turned out for all the characters. I felt like it was a little too perfect (Rochester even gets some of his sight back??) But I'm happy for Jane, she deserves a happy ending. What are your overall thoughts of the book? It's not gonna be a new favorite of mine, but I'm glad I reread it. @suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana

megnews Yes, a little too tidily wrapped up. Though I can‘t quite see how she is, if Jane‘s happy, I‘m happy for her. I hadn‘t read this in such a long time, I‘d forgotten much of it and I was much younger when I read it. It seemed more romantic then. Not so much now. Glad I reread it though. Thank you for hosting! 5mo
peanutnine @megnews yes definitely not as romantic as everyone makes it out to be, imo. Rochester is too flawed for my tastes. Thanks for joining me in reading and discussing! ☺️ 5mo
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#eyrereadalong ch36-37
@suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana
Jane returns to Thornfield and finds that it has been burned by Bertha, who kills herself when Rochester tries to save her from the fire.
Do you think there is any significance of Bertha starting the fire in Jane's bed? What do you think of the concept of Rochester's subsequent injuries as punishment for his sins? ⬇️

peanutnine Jane reunites with Rochester and seems to love him even more now that he is vulnerable. The power dynamic has changed between them and she now has more agency in the relationship, but do you think she is sacrificing anything by being with him?
And then the mysterious voice... what do you think it's purpose is to the story? Does it add any value?
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megnews Oh I definitely think Bertha knew enough of what was going on to set Jane‘s bed on fire on purpose. I don‘t really think that‘s how God works in regards to his injuries as punishment. Jane seems to be sacrificing a lot to be with Rochester in that I think she deserves better, her equal in decency. But who can tell someone they love to stop loving? No one. 6mo
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#eyrereadalong Ch34-35
Anyone else want to scream while reading these chapters? I'm interested to hear your thoughts on St John, his character and manipulation of Jane.
Why do you think she submits to his pressure as she does? She admits that obeying him took away a part of herself yet she continues to do his bidding. And she is so heartbroken when he is cruel to her after her refusals of his proposal. ⬇️

peanutnine Jane's relationship with religion has changed gradually throughout the book. How do you think her view of it now is affecting her decisions? What do you make of the voice on the wind calling for Jane? Supernatural or imagined? @suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana 6mo
megnews Yes! And keep them apart so he couldn‘t manipulate her. If he wants to call something sin he can call his manipulation that. I don‘t know about the voice or have any deep thoughts. I spent the two chapters too aggravated with St John. Quit prolonging your trip, sir! 6mo
suvata St John and Rochester are cut from the same cloth. They both drive me crazy. 🤬 (edited) 6mo
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peanutnine @suvata I mean, I'm not a fan of Rochester, and they're both manipulative, but I honestly think St John is worse. He forces Jane to change who she is to gain his approval. At least Rochester admires her for her true character 6mo
peanutnine @megnews yes, just leave already! Thank goodness for Diana. She had no qualms about calling her brother an idiot and sticking up for Jane 6mo
suvata @peanutnine Now, that‘s something I can agree with. Rochester is definitely the lesser of two evils. 😆 6mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.”

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#eyrereadalong ch31-33
Jane settles into her role as a school teacher but still grieves for Rochester. St John is enamored by Rosamond Oliver, the school's benefactor, and she is equally in love with him. Jane tries to convince him to marry her but he claims she wouldn't be a suitable wife for his missionary lifestyle. Finally, he reveals to Jane that he figured out her identity because they are cousins and he was contacted to help find her ⬇️

peanutnine so she can inherit their uncle's money. She is adamant that she will split the money equally between the four cousins. @suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana How do you feel about St John's attitude towards Rosamond? Would you share the inheritance if you were Jane? 6mo
megnews St John might very well be right that Rosamond isn‘t cut out for the missionary life. But how can he know without talking with her? I may have split it but probably not in fourths. 6mo
peanutnine @megnews yeah I hate that he acts like he knows better than her without even having that conversation. And then when he gets his part of the inheritance, he could just stay and be with her instead of being a missionary since he seems to think that life wouldn't suit her. But he wants the glory of it I guess. Rosamond deserves better 6mo
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Shemac77
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Hitting the classics.

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peanutnine
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#eyrereadalong Ch28-30
Jane wanders homeless and hungry, until she is taken in by the Rivers family. She bonds with the sisters Diana and Mary, and is puzzled by St John. He offers her a position as a school teacher in the local village that Jane accepts.
@suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana
What do you make of the characters' attitudes toward poverty? Why do you think Jane keeps her identity a secret? Do you think her new job will suit her?

megnews I think there used to be an attitude or even belief that poverty was contagious and sinful and you‘d done something wrong to be poor and therefore people didn‘t want to be around it. I think this is how the housekeeper reacted. I think Jane kept her identity a secret so Rochester can‘t find her, so she can make a clean break. I think Jane would be amazing at this job. 6mo
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Ch27 #eyrereadalong
Rochester finally tells Jane the whole story of his marriage to Bertha and tries to convince her to stay with him as his mistress. Jane is resolved to leave him despite his violent mood swings ? She sneaks away from Thornfield in the morning.
@suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana
This is the most "romantic" chapter so far in terms of Rochester expressing how much he has always loved Jane but it's also pretty problematic

megnews I feel Jane is right to plan to leave but feel bad for Rochester doomed to loneliness. Even though the focus is Rochester, the chapter revealed more of Jane‘s character. Is it possible to be mature and naive at the same time? And then I feel for Jane, planning to leave with no plan and penniless? She‘s resilient but I worry for her. 7mo
peanutnine @megnews I agree. The way she manipulates Rochester when he gets upset is pretty badass. But she definitely still acts a bit naive. I almost wish she had asked for her wages and taken more before she left but I get that it would have been a battle with Rochester to leave if he knew she was serious. 7mo
suvata I agree, it is a very romantic chapter. But I still say after this far into the book, I am having a really hard time liking Mr. Rochester. His social skills are more than creepy. 7mo
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peanutnine @suvata yeah, I want to like him because he obviously loves Jane and I know they'll end up together but it's just so hard to. He goes about everything in the worst ways 7mo
suvata @peanutnine Yes, it‘s a difficult book for me because I love Jane but I really don‘t like Rochester not even at the end. I really can‘t put my finger on it. In Pride and Prejudice I hated Darcy in the beginning but loved him by the end. I know I am talking about two different authors and two different types of stories but I just want all my Victorian/Georgian men to be more like Mr. Darcy. LOL 7mo
peanutnine @suvata 😂😂 I'm with you there! He's the epitome of great character growth 7mo
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#eyrereadalong Ch 25-26
Jane and Rochester's wedding is stopped when it is revealed that he is already married and his wife lives in the attic at Thornfield! Bertha has been the one behind all the mysterious, sinister behavior. She is described as a madwoman who only wants to attack Rochester. He was willing to become a bigamist with Jane because he can have no real relationship with his actual wife.

peanutnine @suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana Do you think Rochester's behavior is acceptable? He plays himself as the victim in his marriage with Bertha. There are many theories as to what Bertha represents in relation to Jane. What are your thoughts on her character? 7mo
megnews Never acceptable to commit bigamy (in Rochester‘s culture). We don‘t know the cause of Bertha‘s insanity. While we marry in sickness and health, I feel bad for Rochester to the degree he may be consigned to a life of loneliness not of his own making. He should know & respect Jane well enough to come forward with this information before now and share his dilemma. 7mo
ATB Agreed @megnews she should have been informed upon hire of the situation in the house. Oh the perils of being a second son in the 18th century. 7mo
suvata @peanutnine Bertha is a very complex character. Sometimes I feel like she became “mad“ because she was locked in an attic for 10 years. I don‘t know how she was when Rochester first brought her to England. Of course, I am very suspicious of Rochester. He really is not of good character. 7mo
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#eyrereadalong Ch 23-24
Jane and Rochester finally are engaged! What did you think about his proposal?
Jane is very much against being treated any differently and rebuffs his attempts to spoil her and spend all their time together. I think this says a lot about her character.

@suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana

megnews I haven‘t finished yet. Will be back to answer when I have. 7mo
megnews Finally finished. Meh. I don‘t care for the proposal. I agree it shows her character. Still, I wouldn‘t mind being spoiled after the austere life she‘s lived. Now on to the next two chapters! 7mo
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#eyrereadalong ch21-22
Jane is called back to Gateshead! John Reed has died. Mrs. Reed has fallen ill and asks to see Jane. There is a lot of family, specifically sibling, dynamics and Mrs. Reed tells Jane her sins against her. Jane forgives her but she dies still hating Jane. Mr. Rochester is affected by Jane's leaving and absence; everyone is pleased on her return. Jane accidentally reveals a bit of her feelings to Rochester.

peanutnine @suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana I enjoyed these two chapters and I have a lot of thoughts but what were your first impressions of the events? 8mo
megnews This is a turning point in the book for me. It seems some justice is finally done. Some wrongs righted. It wouldn‘t have felt right to not know how things end up for the Reeds. And didn‘t it all end up how you‘d imagine for each of them? It feels like Jane is unstuck now with some closure on that part of her life. 8mo
peanutnine @megnews yes I definitely agree that it was nice to see how the Reeds turned out. It was satisfying knowing that no one got along with one another and they were pretty miserable. I just wish that Jane hadn't forgiven Mrs. Reed so easily, especially since she was still so cruel to her until the end 8mo
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ATB I have mixed feelings about this chapter. I‘m surprised that she went running back so easily. But maybe it was because Betsy‘s husband came versus somebody else. I also find it interesting that she‘s so willing to hang out there and help the sisters on their way. I would never have been that forgiving. 8mo
peanutnine @ATB ugh yes the sisters are so needy! Although I did think it interesting that in the end they liked Jane more than they did each other 8mo
ATB @peanutnine great point. 8mo
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#eyrereadalong ch 19-20
So much happens in these chapters! Jane talks to the gypsy, who turns out to be Rochester in disguise, trying to get Jane to admit her feelings for him. That night everyone is woken by a scream. Jane is enlisted to sit with Mason as he bleeds everywhere while Rochester fetches a doctor but is not told what has happened. Then the couple has a talk outside and he keeps calling Jane his “little friend“

suvata Rochester in drag — I still think this guy is really, really creepy. 8mo
peanutnine @suvata it's such a weird thing to do! 8mo
megnews @suvata @peanutnine it seemed so out of character for him. Also, I can‘t stand the “beating around the bush, trying to make someone jealous” thing. He clearly is in the position of power. If he cares for her why not come out and say it? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 8mo
peanutnine @megnews yes! Exactly. He wants her to admit her feelings but he's her much older boss and he has given her no signs that he loves her, just the opposite. Of course she isn't going to make herself even more vulnerable. Stop with the games! Even if he tells her he cares for her and she refuses him, he can just leave Thornfield 8mo
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All men of talent, whether they be men of feeling or not, whether they be zealous, or aspirants, or despots — provided only they be sincere — have their sublime moments, when they subdue and rule.

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peanutnine
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#eyrereadalong ch16-18
After the fire, Jane is confused that Grace Poole is still at Thornfield, and overhears some mysterious gossip about her. Rochester has left to attend a house party and won't be back for a while or maybe at all. Jane learns he is spending time with Blanche Ingram, who is beautiful and accomplished. She tries to convince herself not to love him by comparing herself to Blanche. Then Rochester returns with the party ⬇️

peanutnine He requests that Jane spend the evenings with everyone even though she is uncomfortable and the guests are rude towards her. Rochester only talks with her once and wants to know why she is depressed. One day while he is away from the house a gypsy arrives to read all the ladies fortunes 8mo
peanutnine @suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana There is so much confusion and internal conflict in Jane in these chapters. What do you think Rochester's motivation is bringing the party to Thornfield? 8mo
megnews I wish I could figure out his motivation. I didn‘t like him at the beginning of this section. By the end perhaps a little more. Maybe he just wanted to be near Jane but he sure has a funny way of showing it by basically rubbing her nose in these rude people‘s faces. At this point I‘ll chalk it up to being socially inept. 8mo
suvata Maybe he thinks helping her to come out of her shell. Maybe he‘s trying to be a nice “boss”. Maybe he thinks he‘s doing her a favor. But it bothers me that Jane keeps getting asked to do things against her will. 8mo
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Ch 14-15 #eyrereadalong
Jane and Rochester start to chat more often and are both intrigued by the other. We learn about Celine Varens, Adele's mother and Rochester's former mistress. He talks a lot about his sins and wanting to change. Jane starts to feel at home now that she has Rochester's company. Then one night she hears a laugh outside her bedroom and sees smoke coming from his room. His bed is on fire, she puts it out and saves his life.

peanutnine @suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana How are we feeling about Rochester in these chapters? And the fact the Jane is growing increasingly fond of him? 8mo
suvata It almost seems as if the closer Rochester gets to Jane the more I dislike him. I‘m probably not supposed to feel that way at this point but I do. I believe him to be very insincere. 8mo
suvata I love the graphic you posted for this. (edited) 8mo
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megnews @suvata I love that graphic too! I feel the same dislike. I‘m not sure I think he‘s insincere so much as extremely reserved to the point of awkwardness/rudeness that would turn most individuals off. Lucky for him Jane has no experience with men and very little with society in general. I wonder if Bronte‘s contemporaries would see him differently? 8mo
peanutnine @suvata @megnews I feel like he's sincere, but only because he believes Jane will magically make him a better person. I agree that Jane is way too naive with men to truly understand his intentions. While I don't particularly like him, I will admit that his dumbfounded self was amusing at the end of the bed fire scene. 8mo
peanutnine @megnews I think readers in Bronte's time would for sure have a different opinion of him because of the amount of power that men had over women 8mo
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peanutnine
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Ch13 #eyrereadalong
Jane and Rochester finally sit and chat. He asks a lot of questions about her, makes her play the piano for him, and asks to see her paintings. Afterwards, Jane learns from Mrs. Fairfax more about Rochester's family and past.
How do we feel about Rochester's attitude in this scene? Personally, I think he's still being a controlling dick but I know some people consider this scene flirtation between the couple.

peanutnine @suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana sorry for the late post this week. Just getting settled back into life after vacation 😭 8mo
suvata I definitely think he‘s flirting but I don‘t like the way he flirts. It would turn me off for sure. 8mo
megnews Hope you enjoyed your vacation. Like @suvata I think he is trying to show interest but he is very bad at it. 8mo
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Ch 11-12 #eyrereadalong
Jane arrives at Thornfield Hall for her new governess position. We meet a bunch of new characters including Mrs. Fairfax and Adele, her pupil. Jane is taken in with kindness and is comfortable in her new role, but soon grows discontent with her routine. When she walks to town one day she encounters a surly man and helps him when he is hurt, and we later find out he is the mysterious Mr. Rochester, owner of Thornfield ⬇️

peanutnine What do you make of the similarities between Jane and young Adele? Do you think Bronte was drawing a parallel of the two characters?
Jane spends a lot of time wandering in the gloomy attic. Why do you think she is drawn to this space?
Mr. Rochester decides to mess with Jane when he figures out who she is, knowing she does not know him. Why do you think he does this, especially when she is helping him?
@suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana
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megnews I do think think Bronte was drawing a parallel between them. Perhaps to show Jane she has the opportunity to help someone in the same position she had been? I also think Rochester wanted to see more of Jane‘s character before she found out who he was as a servant would of course act a certain way with the boss. I really enjoyed these chapters but looking forward to moving ahead. Need to listen to the podcast first. 9mo
ATB My two cents for what it is worth…I don‘t know… Jane and Adele are motherless but in much different ways. And Jane‘s reaction to that and Adele‘s seem much different but it is hard to compare a 6 year old to a 10 year old. Bronte is establishing atmosphere with Jane exploring Hawthorn. And as for Rodchester… I do think he enjoys having the upper hand in all situations. @suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @Levana 9mo
suvata I‘m not real sure about the first two questions but it bothers me how Rochester teases her when they first meet. Sometimes I read his banter as flirting and other times it seems like he is taunting her. Personally, at this point I really don‘t like the man. 9mo
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peanutnine
Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront

@suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana
Since the podcast did not do a normal chapter discussion episode, I'll wait until next week to post for chapters 11-12 so we can stay on the same schedule 😊
#eyrereadalong

suvata Good idea 9mo
megnews Sounds good. I didn‘t know as I hadn‘t had a chance to get to the podcast yet. 9mo
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Ch 9-10 #eyrereadalong
Illness breaks out at Lowood. Half the girls are dying and the other half now have more to eat and time to play outside. Jane says goodbye to Helen Burns, and they have a snuggle sesh while discussing what happens when you die. Flash forward 8 years, Jane is a teacher now. Miss Temple leaves to get married and Jane no longer has a desire to stay at the school. She takes it upon herself to find a new servitude as a governess.

megnews I felt like saying “ha!” to Brocklehurst when the girls got more food but that was quelled when you consider at what cost it was available. Glad they removed him from his role but shame on them all for not knowing sooner. If Helen hadn‘t died and Miss Temple had not married would Jane have ever grown discontent in life? Knowing Jane I think she would, but perhaps it would have taken longer. 9mo
peanutnine @megnews I agree. I think it would have happened eventually, but Miss Temple leaving was definitely the catalyst. 9mo
ATB Takes half the school to die before an investigation occurs. Ugh! 9mo
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#eyrereadalong ch5-8
Jane starts school at Lowood. The students live under terrible conditions with little food and warmth. But Jane finds friendship with Helen Burns and Miss Temple. Brocklehurst returns to shame Jane in front of the entire school and she is devastated, but Miss Temple helps to clear her name once she tells her side of the story. And Jane is happy to have a fresh start in life and earn a place of respect in class by working hard.

peanutnine @suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 @ATB @Levana sorry this post is late, I haven't even had time to listen to the podcast yet. It's been a stressful few days 9mo
megnews The thing that stood out to me the most in this section was the complete and total hypocrisy of Brocklehurst with his wife and daughters dressed and bejeweled with their hair done up. I wanted to punch him for his comments about Jane in front of the entire school. I was thankful for Miss Temple. 9mo
peanutnine @megnews ugh yes he is the worst! And how he wanted the girl with the curls to cut it all off just because it was natural 😡 if he is trying to save their souls, his daughters are doomed by that logic 9mo
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megnews @peanutnine exactly. He doesn‘t give a fig about their souls in my opinion 9mo
megnews I‘m looking forward to hearing everyone‘s thoughts on Helen. 9mo
Kdgordon88 The whole idea of “Punish the body to save the soul” and to keep them in a place of want because that is all they can ever hope to know is cruel and inhuman. I have trouble with Helen‘s attitude that she believes she deserves the harsh treatment she receives. I do think she helps give Jane focus in standing up for herself. @megnews (edited) 9mo
suvata @megnews That part made me really mad. The Brocklehurst women were allowed to be “gussied up“ yet he was going to cut the orphan girls‘ hair. There‘s nothing more that bugs me quite as much as hypocrisy. 9mo
suvata @megnews I agree. If you ask me, it‘s all about power and control. (edited) 9mo
suvata @megnews Helen was a very interesting character. It is almost like she was put there to show an opposite sides of Calvinism. The Brocklehurst and their ilk were “fire and brimstone“ preachers, whereas Helen what is the “God is love“ kind of believer. 9mo
peanutnine @megnews @Kdgordon88 @suvata I didn't care for Helen at first because of her attitude about her punishment. But her character definitely seemed to influence Jane's and gave Jane the anger she needed to defend herself. The way she checked on Jane after her humiliation raised my opinion of her as well 9mo
megnews @suvata @peanutnine @Kdgordon88 I didn‘t like her much at the beginning but I am glad Jane had a friend in her and she in Jane. I was glad Jane could be with her at the end. 9mo
ATB Agreed… always nice to have a friend in a lonely place. I always wonder about kids with no rebellion in their soul. @meganews @peanutnine @suvata @Kdgordon88 (edited) 9mo
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One of those books that hold a special place in my heart.
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MadelineMcCrae What a beautiful edition! 10mo
damselsgotballs @MadelineMcCrae Thankyou! It feels so good to show it off😆🍻📚 10mo
PickettT Rare cases where you can judge a book by its cover, I suppose! 😍 9mo
damselsgotballs @PickettT I couldn't possibly agree more!😍🍻📚 9mo
PickettT 🥂😍 📚 9mo
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Ch4 #eyrereadalong
Jane gets BOLD! After being exiled and ignored for months, she is summoned to meet Mr. Brocklehurst, the headmaster at the school she will be attending. He and Mrs. Reed call her deceitful and she is angry at the lie. I love the way she calls out her aunt about how she has been treated, it rattles her. Jane's relationships with the whole household changes drastically in this chapter. What do you make of this sudden shift?

megnews I think the closet and her aunt‘s comments to Brocklehurst were the final straw, the straw that broke the camels back, etc. As mentioned in the podcast she had nothing left to lose and couldn‘t live the rest of her life under the perceptions her aunt is trying to put out in the world. I was proud of Jane. She maintained composure but said what needed to be said. 10mo
megnews BEST LINE EVER: what is hell? Can you tell me that?‘ ‘A pit full of fire.‘ ‘And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?‘ ‘No, sir.‘ ‘What must you do to avoid it?‘ I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come, was objectionable: ‘I must keep in good health, and not die.‘ 10mo
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peanutnine @megnews yes! Such a snarky little answer, I loved it! 😂 And I agree, I was so proud of her for keeping her cool. You could tell she was full of nervous, angry energy but didn't let it rage 10mo
Kdgordon88 I agree. Knowing she was going to leave helped give her the freedom to stick up for herself. Haven't listened to this chapter's episode yet. 10mo
suvata I loved this chapter. When Jane finally stood up for herself I actually yelled “yay“ out loud. She was not going to be “played” by these adults. She is showing herself to be quite the bad ass! 10mo
suvata @megnews I agree. I love the snark! 10mo
megnews @Kdgordon88 I wasn‘t planning on listening to the podcast at first but I find myself looking forward to it. I was even inspired to checking out Praying with Jane Eyre. Not sure yet if I‘ll stick with it but thought I‘d check it out. 10mo
ATB I loved the sarcasm about how she could avoid hell. I guess I‘ll just have to not die. 10mo
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#eyrereadalong ch2-3
We are introduced to the infamous red room. Jane thinks it is haunted by the late Mr Reed and works herself into a panic. The apothecary comes to revive her and asks her why she is miserable. It is decided that she will start attending school.
I thought it was interesting how Jane kept fighting for herself again and again now that she's broken free from trying to be a well-behaved child since it does her no good anyway.

megnews I haven‘t had a chance to listen to the podcast. I‘ll give it a listen and come back with comments. I‘m so looking forward to her leaving the Reeds. 10mo
suvata All I can say is, “thank goodness for Mr. Lloyd“, someone who finally took Jane seriously. That kind of man was probably very rare at that time. I really like reading the text and then listening to the podcast. Sometimes, the podcast gives me a whole new perspective that I hadn‘t even considered. 10mo
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peanutnine @suvata yes I agree! I loved how he talked to Jane without Bessy there because she kept gaslighting her, it was making me mad! 10mo
megnews @suvata that kind of man probably was very rare and as the podcast pointed out as a man he held the power to assist her. I agree with you about the podcast. I wince at Jane‘s comparison to herself as a slave but it‘s very interesting to hear what the “news of the day” would have been and how she would have drawn on that. 10mo
megnews I appreciate the podcast mentioning we can‘t really know that Bronte sat down and wrote the red room to symbolize menstruation. Those are the types of comparisons that drive me a little batty. I can see how people read that into it but I can‘t see the author setting about to write it like that on purpose. But who knows, maybe I‘m wrong. 10mo
peanutnine @megnews totally! It is a little crazy to think Bronte wrote with that intended meaning. But I also think it's interesting to draw our own meanings and interpretations years later. That's when novels really have extra purpose when we can see parallels to our own lives 10mo
suvata @megnews I know what you mean. I thought the menstruation analogy was a bit of a stretch myself. But, I guess you can read anything into it if you really tried. Maybe the old guy just really liked the color red. Maybe it made him feel like royalty. LOL 10mo
Kdgordon88 @suvata @megnews yes, i was quite surprised at the menstruation analogy, too. Seems far fetched but I wasn‘t there. I am very interested in the topic of classical works where the writer wrote something problematic viewed through today‘s lens and whether that lessens the value of these books. I want to acknowledge and recognize where those parts are but I don‘t want to give up loving this book. 10mo
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Today we're discussing ch 1 for the #eyrereadalong
We're introduced to Jane, a 10yr old orphan who lives with her aunt & cousins and is horribly abused by them. We first find her reading in the window behind a curtain, hiding from the rest of the house. But she is found by John Reed and punished for her witty retorts about him being a tyrant. What are your first impressions of Jane & her cousins? What about Mrs Reed and her treatment of her niece?

megnews As the podcast mentioned, perhaps the draw for readers is that the opening scene shows us Jane is a reader herself. There‘s immediately a sense of comradery. Of course, you feel sorry for Jane that she can‘t seem to win no matter what she does, whether around the family or hidden away. The mother is awful. What rule says you must treat an orphaned niece in this manner and so what if one does? John is a little tyrant over whom no one has control.⬇️ 10mo
megnews ⬆️What a bully! (edited) 10mo
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megnews I made a couple notes during the podcast. The host gives a list of likely attributes of those who love Jane Eyre then announces, “I love Jane Eyre and I don‘t even like tea.” Same! I‘m a coffee drinker. 10mo
megnews I was young the many times I read Jane Eyre and have not done so for awhile. This will be an interesting read. I love a book club discussion but I‘ve never liked to tear a book apart searching for hidden meanings but prefer to enjoy the story for itself and it‘s effect on me at the time. A surefire way to make me dislike a book was to assign it in school and break it apart but I‘ve enjoyed the podcast so far so we‘ll see how this goes. 10mo
megnews Final thing that stood out for me during the podcast was the question that this is a 200 year old book. Why should we care if it‘s pulled from curriculums? I‘m interested to hear others takes now and at the end of the book. (edited) 10mo
Kdgordon88 I had forgotten how horrible John Reed is. I remembered the whole household was awful but not his cruelty. This is my second time reading Jane Eyre. The first was a couple of years ago and I loved it so much. I will listen to the podcast this weekend and may have more to say. 10mo
peanutnine @megnews yes Jane can't win no matter what she does. They all go out of their way to treat her badly. @Kdgordon88 I remembered how John Reed was so mean but I had forgotten how much resentment Mrs Reed had towards Jane. 10mo
peanutnine @megnews I did not like school reading assignments either. That was the only time of my life when I wouldn't finish a book (and I only read parts of this one). As for being taken out of curriculums, I think it's more the question of, does this book still have meaning and provide purpose to the reader or is it more problematic than it's worth? 10mo
megnews @peanutnine yes that‘s the question. I tend to leaving questionable things in (even if not school curriculum, passing along to kids) and ensuring discussion about problematic issues takes place 10mo
suvata I really loved it when Jane insulted John with a reference to Nero and he didn‘t even get it because he is so much her intellectual inferior. 10mo
peanutnine @suvata yes me too! He was so confused haha 10mo
ATB For the first time I started wondering about about the mean Aunt. So awful and blind to the sons behavior. Also why authors use the female “parent” in this way so often. It didn‘t occur to me until the podcast that she might just be currying the favor of John Reed so she doesn‘t get discarded when John reaches the age he inherits. 10mo
megnews @ATB I think it doesn‘t occur to us because life/inheritance has changed so much. It‘s been so long since I read it I‘d completely forgotten about the family from which she came. 10mo
peanutnine @ATB @megnews I agree. It's interesting to think about how the aunt is almost as powerless as Jane and therefore must treat her with contempt so as to raise herself higher in John's favor. 10mo
ATB Good points @megnews and @peanutnine 10mo
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@suvata @megnews @Kdgordon88 If you're still interested, here's an updated schedule for the #eyrereadalong (there was a week missing in the last one). I'm gonna plan to post about each chapter(s) the day after the date listed and you're welcome to just comment on my post to join the discussion or create your own post with what you thought, just make sure to tag me! I can't wait to start reading ☺️

suvata I listened to the podcast last night and I‘m pretty excited to start this. 10mo
megnews I‘m in! 10mo
peanutnine @suvata yes! I listened this morning and it's gonna be so good! 10mo
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peanutnine @megnews Woohoo! 10mo
Kdgordon88 I‘m in! Really looking forward to this! 10mo
peanutnine @Kdgordon88 Awesome! 10mo
ATB I am in… and unlike in college I am ahead in my reading. Chapter One ✅ 10mo
peanutnine @ATB yay!! 🎉 10mo
Levana I‘m also in. I never read it before and am quite curious. 10mo
peanutnine @Levana great! Glad to have you join us! 10mo
megnews What is the podcast called if I have a chance to listen 10mo
peanutnine @megnews sure! It's called Hot and Bothered. Here's the link to the intro episode https://open.spotify.com/episode/1to5w0euUukH90RQr0mc40?si=-Aa6uE4yS7WZPr4N5RKOS... 10mo
megnews @peanutnine thanks! Just listened to the info and the first full episode. Excited for discussion. 10mo
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One of the hosts of my favorite podcast, Harry Potter & the Sacred Text, wrote a book about reading as a sacred practice. It focuses a lot on her favorite book Jane Eyre. And she's starting another podcast next month, doing a deep dive on Jane. I haven't read the book since high school so I'm going to be reading along with her! Anyone who wants to join the #readalong and discuss the book and podcast, let me know 😄

megnews Will reading along and discussing work if we don‘t listen to the podcast? 11mo
Kdgordon88 Tag me in the answer to @megnews question please. I‘d be interested in a read along. 11mo
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suvata I‘m in 11mo
peanutnine @megnews @Kdgordon88 sure! You don't have to listen to the podcast. Most of the discussion will probably be about the book itself 11mo
megnews Great! I‘m in. So many fond memories of my many reads of this one. My first or second read of it was on an ohio to Nc to ohio road trip with my Gran when I was about 13!or so. (edited) 11mo
peanutnine @megnews what a great memory! ☺️ 11mo
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A month old so forgive me if it‘s been posted before, but omg this is hilarious. I‘ve been on a huge Jane Eyre kick, reread it and then watched four different versions all last week 🤓 (my fave Jane is Ruth Wilson ❤️)

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Pickpick

I want a Mr. Rochester.

I fell in love with the dialogue between these two characters from their first meeting to their last.

It was a good story. Unconventional Jane stands for her beliefs even though everyone bullies her. Did not like St. John, but it is the love story that melted me. And, I would give anything for a brooding man to act out that reunion scene with me. Ooh, it's getting hot.

#thatsclassic @Annie1215

zezeki Glad you liked it, this might be my favourite book ever. 14mo
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Pickpick

I read this for the first time about 6 years ago, and I loved it just as much now as I did then.

While I don‘t agree with the way Mr Rochester conducts himself at times, no-one who reads this can deny the love between him and Jane. And Jane is an excellent heroine, narrating her tale to us, the dear reader.

I‘m glad I decided to re-read this for #ThatsClassic

(Confession: I have never watched a Jane Eyre adaptation!)

#MavellousMarch

Heideschrampf To me the secret of it‘s greatness is not the romantic hero but the kick-ass heroine! She doesn‘t put up with his shit. True love may be one thing, but not at any price. I love her strength and his eventual willingness to admit his faults. I just try not to think about the fact that he imprisoned his first wife... 14mo
Bookworm54 @Heideschrampf definitely. She won‘t be bullied into something she believes is wrong, and acknowledges his faults as well as his strengths! 14mo
CoverToCoverGirl Great review! 14mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 14mo
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STORYBOOK-CAFE
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*I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will." ?

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My February read ❤️
“I ask you to pass through life at my side – to be my second self, and best earthly companion.” Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

EadieB Welcome to Litsy! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 1y
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STORYBOOK-CAFE
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"Night was come, and her planets were risen: a safe, still night: too serene for the companionship of fear."- Charlotte Brontë

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jessjess
Charlotte Bronte | Jane Eyre
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Up next is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which I have not read before.

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WOWreader
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I can't believe I've never read this before

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Kaylark
Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.

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TheBookHippie
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1. Bronte, Rachel Held Evans, Danielle Steel (by default 🤣)
2. My grandma
3. https://mariashriver.com/sundaypaper/
4. https://www.thelipbar.com/products/goals-1 my favorite lip gloss and all the make up I wear. Sold at Target my daughter buys it for me ❤️
#FRIYAYINTRO

MoonWitch94 I am named after Danielle Steele bc she was my Mom‘s favorite author at the time. I always say I feel like that maybe doomed my love life. Never had much romance at all! 😂 2y
sprainedbrain I considered saying just Brontë and hoping that would count for all three of them. Or at least two. ? 2y
TheBookHippie @MoonWitch94 I have read every single one of her books. Started as a teen because we were told we couldn‘t read them and never stopped then it became a thing and now it‘s a well I can‘t stop now 🤷🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤯🤣🤣🤣 2y
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