Wasn't a bad dude!
Posted by Rachel on September 29, 1997 at 20:10:11:
In response to J&R's first meetings, written by Cheryl on September 29, 1997 at 13:33:25
]I well remember my initial aversion to Rochester. I thought "This man is a complete jerk and he's supposed to be this great romantic figure?" He is rude to Jane, short-tempered, in bad humor, gruff, etc... But Jane took it all in stride. She had been so used to being treated poorly by everyone that she didn't find it unusual or hurtful, I suppose.
] On this reading, I can see the pain behind Rochester's outbursts, for I know his history now, and I'm more forgiving. But Jane did not know his history, nor do first-time readers. Did any of you have the same reaction I did on their first reading?
On my pretty recent first reading, I was first thinking that this guy must have something wrong in his life, (pitied him) it just seemed to me that all of his actions showed that he had something troubling in his past . . . that "he was naturally a man of better tendencies, higher principles, and purer tastes than such as circumstances had deveopled . . . I thougth there were excellent materials in him;" I do also remember that I was impressed with a keen wit that I loved. I thought he was interesting, but it never occured to me to think of him as a jerk. I liked him at once; but I must comment that when I read a book, I hustle through it the first time, then reread thousands of times to analyze everything after the suspence is over.
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