Can't but think of Oliver in the workhouse
Posted by Amy on September 24, 1997 at 01:19:52:
It's almost impossible to read about little Jane at Lowood without thinking of Dickens.
I haven't read a life of Charlotte, so I don't know if she was political (but my guess would be she was not). Her depiction of the institution's conditions don't feel as much like a a crusade as Dickens'. She seems to be playing our heartstrings for sheer pathos; his sentimentality and treatment of poverty and injustice feel more like they have the agenda behind them that they did.
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