"it was not fated that i should sleep that[or this!] night."
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Posted by greg on September 28, 1997 at 23:54:19:
In response to Purple Prose and Victorian Gothic, written by Caroline on September 28, 1997 at 19:14:07
... No wonder reading Bronte makes me feel all washed out!
speaking of "purple prose", the descriptive language in c. bronte's novels is even rich enough to match that room - is it not? wonder if they could do a voice-over of one of her great passages in a movie! i love all the great metaphors. one of my favorites happens in ch. 15, after the fire in rochester's room: "till morning dawned i was tossed on a bouyant but unquiet sea, where billows of trouble rolled under surges of joy. i thought i saw beyond its wild waters a shore, sweet as the hills of beulah; and now and then a freshening gale, wakened by hope, bore my spirit triumphantly towards the bourne: but i could not reach it, even in fancy - a counteracting breeze blew off the land, and continually drove me back. sense would resist delirium: judgement would warn passion. too feverish to rest, i rose as soon as day dawned." they just don't write like they used to, huh?
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