A Small breakfast-room adjoined the drawing-room. I slipped in there. It contained a book-case: I soon possessed myself of a volume, taking care that it should be one stored with pictures. I mounted into the window-seat: gathering up my feet, I sat cross-legged, like a Turk; and, having drawn the red moreen curtain nearly close, I was shrined in double retirement.
– Jane Eyre, Chapter 1
Last night I began reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte for the 5 Minutes for Mom Classics Bookclub. It’s my favorite of the classics! I haven’t read it since I was a teen, can you believe it? Well, I’m 25 now so it wasn’t that long ago (we’re not talking decades, lol), but still, it’s been too long.
My copy makes the read especially delicious because it’s old and used – it’s got history. Why are books – especially classics – more fun to read when they’re not brand new? I like to imagine someone else reading the exact same copy, a young girl perhaps reading it for the first time, reading into the wee hours of the morning to finish it. Maybe she didn’t have a father who said it was lights out way too soon (shameless revenge on my dad – remember folks, someday your kids may blog about you!). In his defense, though, 3 a.m. was too soon for me. ;-)
I also watchedthe Masterpiece Theatre version of Jane Eyre last night with my husband. It was awesome! Definitely a keeper and my favorite version! John liked it, too. It’s my favorite, I think, because Jane actually showed that she had a heart. In all the other versions I’ve seen, she just keeps a straight, emotionless face all the time. This Jane had a sense of humor and I could relate to her more. I was actually thinking that if I had been her I would have been cracking some great comebacks to Mr. Rochester… but that’s probably not true. I might have thought of some in retrospect. ;-) I highly recommend checking this version out once you’ve read it, though – it is such a good one! I want to go watch it again… maybe I will!
I’m thinking about posting on my thoughts about Jane Eyre every couple chapters, that way I can write while it’s fresh on my mind. I’ll label these posts “Jane Eyre” and “Classics Bookclub” so they’re easy to find.