Rochester is selfish
Posted by Linda on September 30, 1997 at 09:26:49:
In response to Yup, written by Margie on September 30, 1997 at 01:54:21
] ] I cry jerk! jerk!
] When I first read it, I thought he was a great tortured romantic hero. Now that I'm older, I think he's an unethical jerk. I should stick to JA.
It has been such a long time since I read this book (25+ years) that this was like reading it the first time.
I was furious with Rochester until I read Chapter 27. Although I now realize all the adversity and betrayal that he suffered, but I still think that he was incredibly selfish. It was unfair to Jane and to Blanche Ingram, for him to pretend that he was interested in marrying her (Blanche). Then to try to marry Jane illegally was unforgivable! If he really loved her, he would not have treated her this way. He only cared about himself and his passions.
Even with Rochester's tragic history, I cannot admire him. Jane's life was pretty bad, as well, but she would never treat another person as callously as he treated her, and everyone else.
I am with you, Margie. I need a quick dose of Darcy or Knightly or Captain Wentworth as an antidote to Rochester.
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