I've just changed my title of these kinds of posts from 'Book Beginnings' to First Paragraphs. I love sharing my current reads with you - or upcoming books - and I just prefer First Paragraphs to Book Beginnings. Let's get to it!
I knew nothing about Jane Eyre going in to it other than it's a classic by a Brontë and romance. I also realized recently that I made a fool of myself naming Heathcliff as the male character in Jane Eyre - which I now know is wrong.
I love the writing style in Jane Eyre, I love that our narrator, which is Jane Eyre herself, skips over boring bits and says 'dear reader' or 'reader' once in a while! It's definitely quite an experience even though I'm about 130 pages in so far. I also LOVE that Jane is a reader herself.
I definitely sympathize with Jane, she has to live with Mrs. Reed and her 3 kids since her parents are dead - Mrs. Reed doesn't even want her there and only keeps her because of a promise to her late husband. It's getting a bit 'lighter' when she's sent to school and she's a great pupil! I love seeing Jane from different angles and in different settings - both social and geographical.
Jane Eyre begins with 10-year-old Jane and I'm currently reading and learning about 18-year-old Jane. I love that it's a bit of a coming-of-age novel! And it's even better since Jane reflects over her actions and comments on them - in the best way possibly. It's quite a splendid book.
There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so somre, and a rain so penetrating, that further outdoor exercise was now out of the question.