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Written by Jen K
(8/20/2013 12:39 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Re-reading Jane Eyre:Hypocritical Rochester? (spoilers) (longish), penned by Karon
Adele, by now, I think is accustomed to Rochester's rough treatment. (Children can put up with a LOT!!!) But was her natural upbringing that much more friendly? Her mother taught her dirty songs, and who knows what sort of comments her 'boyfriends' made. What Adele knows is that he brought her over from France himself, let her keep her own nursemaid, got her a proper governess instead of sending her away to school, and, perhaps most importantly to a small child, gave her lots of presents. He even gave them both a (backhanded) compliment about Adele's progress under Jane's tutelage. Bluff aside, he's been caring. (oh my, I just saw that although he wanted her to shut up about her new dress, he still got Mrs. Fairfax to come down so she had someone to talk to. come on!)
Blanche Ingram's first instinct was to ship her off (again, sorry if this isn't correct.) Rochester knows what happens to unwanted children in scary, cold schools - he knew all about Brocklehurst, didn't he? Blanche, well, ugh. She clearly had no idea how horrible it could be to go away to school at such a young age and had no appreciation for the personal care of a governess when she had one. My gosh, they were nightmarish children! I would be surprised if that wasn't the big turnoff there, if there needed to be one. Instead of being ashamed of what a brat she had been, there she was actually bragging.
Can you really see these as equal? We could go more into it - I could pull up the text again. I read it a few times a few years ago; this is fun!
Is AoJE making both Rochester and Blanche sound more horrible towards Adele than they are in the book?
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