But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor. The moody Rochester, however, rebuffed her attempts to find out about the woman, and ordered her to keep quiet about strange noises she heard at night.
One night in the garden, Edward Rochester embraced Jane and proposed marriage. But the quiet ceremony in the village church was shockingly halted by a stranger who claimed that Rochester was already married - to the raving maniac Jane had heard crying in the house.
Grief-stricken, Jane left Thornfield, feeling that her life was over before it had really begun. But life had many surprises in store for our heroine, and among them there just might be a happily-ever-after.
(P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I have read this book many times and have listened to various unabridged audio versions narrated by Nadia May, Susan Ericksen, Amanda Root, et al. even more often, perhaps hundreds of times. This book contains one of the most passionate scenes in literature: that confrontation between Edward Rochester and Jane Eyre in the garden. It recalls the angry and passionate confrontation between Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy at Huntsford Parsonage. Both of these confrontations begin with inequality between ladies of a lower status and economic standing with men of power, property, and wealth. In Pamela Aidon's Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentlemen, Darcy remarked that Elizabeth sent him packing without ceremony showing him that his wealth and pretentions were nothing to a woman of worth. Each confrontation ends with the man and woman as equals. I don't think a happy marriage would have been possible before this point. After this moment, I can't imagine anything less than lifelong bliss.
I wanted to say something about St. John Rivers who plays a central role in Jane Eyre's life after the disastrous end of what was to have be her wedding day. He was so concentrated on accomplishing great and noble tasks that he lost the ability to give and receive love. If one looks at his accomplishments in his hometown: opening schools for boys and girls from poor families, visiting every sick person in the parish, and other good works, one would have to say that he was doing great and noble things rather handily right where he was. He didn't have to go to India. He could have stayed in England, married Rosamond and I think God would have been just as pleased with him doing good works at home with a woman who loved him and vice versa instead of running off to India to die. It seems best that we mortals just do what is in front of us without trying to figure out missions from the Almighty. We have a hard time accepting happiness when it is right in front of our eyes.
No, storyline not engaging.
Use more layman language.
When Jane visits her dying friend during the night and is found the next morning sleeping beside her.
My review is negative because of the audible section of the book. I tried the audible session and truly enjoyed what I heard of it. It reached a certain part of the book and said that was the end of the audio. It is ridiculous to introduce a product without giving the full preview of it's feature. I will not get an audible book based on my preview of this book. I do not know if the book was good or not because I did not finish hearing it and since it was suppose to be audible I stopped when the audio ceased. what I heard of it was excellent but since it was a short section I rated the book 3 stars since I never got to hear the middle or the end. Come on amazon your marketing was lacking on this one.
I never got that far. No audio
again I didn't hear enough
What listening time. It would have been nice to have the audio to listen to.
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