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Written by Karon
(8/20/2013 10:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Saying versus doing, penned by Jen K
The AOJE vlog is going a bit further than the book IMO and exploring the fact the Rochester seems rather distant and uncaring of his daughter. Jane is not happy about that, and I think eventually they may address it a bit more. The vlog has not yet revealed that Adele is his biological daughter. I don't know if they plan to.
I think what you and others have mentioned illustrates some good points: Rochester showed Adele many kindnesses by taking her in and caring for her and seemed to provide her with more than Blanche would have done if she became her guardian. However while I don't expect Rochester to adore Adele, I still think he behaves rather roughly toward her. Jane even spends some time with her on purpose when she hears of her background and reflects that it was unfortunate Adele does not resemble Rochester as he would treat her more kindly, so Jane also notices that there is lacking. I agree that children can put up with a lot, but I don't think that means that they don't recognize when someone doesn't like them very much. Helen Kaye suggested that Jane realized that Rochester's roughness was not a personal attack on her, so she did not mind it, but would a child realize this? Rochester talked to Jane and explained a lot about why he was the way he was. I doubt he tried to explain this to Adele in any way (though I doubt she'd understand if he did), so it would be difficult for her to realize that Rochester's abruptness is not directed specifically to her.
You're right that Adele's mother treated her abominably by abandoning her and neglecting her, but Adele seems to be happy with the amount of attention her mother gave her. Teaching her racy songs wasn't right, but it didn't make Adele feel unloved.
Maybe Adele is just used to being ignored and figuratively pushed away by adults, or maybe she is not a very sensitive child, so she doesn't feel slighted very easily.
The comments to this post though prompt me to agree that Rochester was definitely kinder to Adele than Blanche was.
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