"comic relief" in jane eyre
Posted by greg on October 04, 1997 at 00:29:10:
recently someone on one of the jane austen boards opined that jane eyre desperately needed some lightening up in spots(ala jane austen). i can't remember any funny parts, but i can't remember wanting any, either. anyone else think of a funny bit, or think it needed some? seems to me that it's a uniquely serious story, and perhaps doesn't need the contrast that humor offers. also, it seems to have intrigued millions, over many generations, without the humor.
there was one part in the '96 zefirelli version that struck me as a ROTFLOL, though(and don't even know if it was supposed to be funny): the morning after rochester's dramatic proposal to jane, she's talking with mrs. f, and mrs. f says, "i thought i must be dreaming! i thought i heard mr. rochester come in and say, that in a month's time you were to be his wife!". to which jane replies, with a priceless mystified innocence, "he said the same to me!", as if to say, "you think it could be a case of sympathetic hallucination?". i howled at that one!
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