Jane Eyre, Volume 1

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I really liked the book overall. The plot was interesting, and the character development is very nice to view as a reader. However, with this book being a classic, the writing style is difficult to understand. I would not recommend this book to anyone under 13, and that is if they have an advanced reading level. I had to read this for school, and frankly, I am glad (we could have been stuck with something far worse). I would not have read this for fun. The unabridged version is very lengthy and detailed, so I would not only recommend a reader over 13, but reading the adapted version.  

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I was SO excited to read this book, I had heard so many great things about it (including stellar reviews on this site). I wanted to like this book, really I did, but it just wasn't happening. It's VERY boring and dry. Bronte has a beautiful writing style but nothing extremely interesting or exciting happens -- and I got 14 chapters in and decided to give up.  




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Page vii - There is a man in our own days whose words are not framed to tickle delicate ears ; who, to my thinking, comes before the great ones of society much as the son of Imlah came before the throned kings of Judah and Israel ; and who speaks truth as deep, with a power as prophet-like and as vital — a mien as dauntless and as daring. Is the satirist of
Page viii - They say he is like Fielding ; they talk of his wit, humor, comic powers. He resembles Fielding as an eagle does a vulture : Fielding could stoop on carrion, but Thackeray never does. His wit is bright, his...
Page 114 - And I clasped my arms closer round Helen; she seemed dearer to me than ever: I felt as if I could not let her go; I lay with my face hidden on her neck. Presently she said in the sweetest tone, "How comfortable I am! That last fit of coughing has tired me a little: I feel as if I could sleep: but don't leave me, Jane; I like to have you near me.
Page 32 - They are not fit to associate with me." Mrs. Reed was rather a stout woman ; but on hearing this strange and audacious declaration, she ran nimbly up the stair, swept me like a whirlwind into the nursery, and crushing me down on the edge of my crib, dared me in an emphatic voice to rise from that place, or utter one syllable during the remainder of the day. " What would uncle Reed say to you, if he were alive ? " was my scarcely voluntary demand. I say scarcely voluntary, for it seemed as if my tongue...
Page 67 - To Miss Temple ? Oh, no ! I wish it did ; she has to answer to Mr. Brocklehurst for all she does. Mr. Brocklehurst buys all our food and all our clothes.
Page 39 - Her size is small. What is her age ? " I stepped across the rug; he placed me square and straight before him. What a face he had, now that it. was almost on a level with mine ! what a great nose ! and what a mouth ! and what large prominent teeth ! " No sight so sad as that of a naughty child," he began, " especially a naughty little girl.
Page 41 - Psalms are not interesting," I remarked. "That proves you have a wicked heart; and you must pray to God to change it: to give you a new and clean one: to take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. " I was about to propound a question, touching the manner in which that operation of changing my heart was to be performed, when Mrs. Reed interposed, telling me to sit down; she then proceeded to carry on the conversation herself. "Mr. Brocklehurst, I believe I intimated in the letter...
Page 332 - I felt at once that her opinion of me - her feeling towards me - was unchanged and unchangeable. I knew by her stony eye - opaque to tenderness, indissoluble to tears - that she was resolved to consider me bad to the last; because to believe me good would give her no generous pleasure: only a sense of mortification. I felt pain, and then I felt ire; and then I felt a determination to subdue her to be her mistress in spite both of her nature and her will. My tears had risen, just as in childhood:...
Page 67 - The lady who built the new part of this house as that tablet records, and whose son overlooks and directs everything here.' 'Why?' 'Because he is treasurer and manager of the establishment.' 'Then this house does not belong to that tall lady who wears a watch, and who said we were to have some bread and cheese?' 'To Miss Temple? Oh, no! I wish it did: she has to answer to Mr Brocklehurst for all she does. Mr Brocklehurst buys all our food and all our clothes.' 'Does he live here?' 'No - two miles...
Page 224 - Yet,' suggested the secret voice which talks to us in our own hearts, 'you are not beautiful either, and perhaps Mr Rochester approves you: at any rate, you have often felt as if he did; and last night - remember his words; remember his look; remember his voice!

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