Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Jane Eyre, descriptivist

”There are people who seem to have no notion of sketching a character, or observing and describing salient points, either in persons or things,” sighs Jane Eyre. In contrast, Jane herself, as she sets off from Thornfield Hall to mail a letter:

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847).

And we can already figure out from the way novels work that something important is about to happen on this walk.

Descriptions of landscapes are what I like best in Jane Eyre.

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comments: 2

Daughter Number Three said...

I love the naming of so many specific plants!

Michael Leddy said...

And birds that look like leaves.

Her descriptions of faces are detailed too, but the physiognomy element makes them a bit odd for our time.