Posted by Katrina on October 01, 1997 at 16:51:16:
In response to Rochester's Reaction in the Church, written by Rachel on September 30, 1997 at 22:24:06
] I was amazed when I read Rochester's reaction when he hears the lawyer Mr. Briggs say and confirm that Rochester "has a wife now living," I thoguht that his reaction would have been the same as he expected of Jane: "I expected a scene of some kind;" Was that "in character," or am I just loose in the brain?
Obviously, it was in character because Charlotte Bronte created the character and she knows him much better than anyone else can ever hope to. As to why he would do it, I think he was afraid that it would happen all along, but when it actually did, it was still too great a shock for him to react any other way. As I said, he probably was afraid that it would happen, but didn't really expect it to, or he would never have gone through with the wedding in the first place.
I have always rather liked his reaction in the church. He twines his arm around Jane's waist, showing how reluctant he is to lose her. And of course, he has that wonderful line, "Produce him -- or go to hell!" Love it!
This brings up another question for me, though. Am I allowed to take part in this lovely discussion, since I have read the book about five times and have parts of it memorized? Does that make me an oldbie and mean that I should stay out of it as much as possible?
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