12 February 2016

First paragraphs: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte

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. 


  1. The formal writing in Jane Eyre is so different from what we see today. When I read it, it took me a while to adjust to the style, but I enjoyed this classic story. Sounds like you are too!
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  2. Darn on the walk. I love my walks.

    ENJOY the read and your weekend.

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  3. Can't go wrong with a classic.
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  4. I have to admit that I haven't read this but I need to - my mother enjoyed it very much. Here's my Friday meme

  5. Can't go wrong with Jane Eyre! :)

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