Sheila, of Book Journey, mentioned a while ago that she was going to tackle reading Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre." Well, she was more like moaning about starting to read "Jane Eyre" - :) So I thought, well, I've never read it - I'll read along with her - kinda like a team effort to encourage each other along.
So Sheila has dubbed it - The Jane Eyre Project! The plan is to read at least 10 pages a day and report back once a week on our progress. (click here to check out Sheila's progress - http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/the-eyre-report-2/)
So, it's Week 2, and I'm still hanging in there with ol' Janie!
I'm on Page 378.
Jane survived the ongoing houseparty where she meet the insufferable Blanche Ingram and her flock of uppity friends. Then Jane was summoned to return to Gateshead by her dying aunt, where she stays until her despised aunt's eventual demise. (Why she would return after those people treated her so badly, I'll never figure out! I suppose it put some closure on that whole chapter in Jane's life though.)
After she returns to Thornfield, and finding out that he has not intentions of marrying the noble, but unpleasant Blanche, Jane has agreed to marry Rochester after he surprises her with a proposal, much to the shock and dismay of the housekeeper Mrs. Fairbanks. I left Jane all giddy and anticipating her new life as Mrs. Rochester.
I'm beginning to lose a bit of patience with Jane, and her horrible self-confidence problem! She did show some backbone when she was back at Gateshead and stood up to her nasty cousins and aunt, but the minute she crosses the door of Thornfield, she goes right back to not being sure about herself or her feelings.
I'm ready for the crazy action to rev up! :)
Covers of the Week:
Here are a couple of unusual covers. I love the roses and the purple on the first cover. The second one plays on the popularity of the "Twilight" covers, I think.
|from White's Books|
|from Soho Books|
Check back next week and see how I'm doing on this project! I leave you with this quote from Rochester's proposal to Jane ...