a chuckle in ch.24
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Posted by greg on October 05, 1997 at 15:47:17:
In response to lighter moments?, written by AnneM on October 05, 1997 at 09:13:58
"jane, you look blooming, and smiling, and pretty, truly pretty this morning", mr. r tells her the morning after his proposal. he calls her a "little sunny-faced girl with the dimpled cheek and rosy lips; the satin-smooth hazel hair, and the radiant hazel eyes". here bronte adds the parenthesis:"(i had green eyes reader; but you must excuse the mistake; for him they were new-dyed, i suppose)". that bit was amusing to me; i guess the rest of the description fit her perfectly, then? this device of the "mistake" adds a sense of authenticity to the narrative, and i suppose subsequent novelists copied it in various ways(although i don't necessarily assume bronte invented it). btw, jane does seem to think herself prettier now that her love is returned: one page earlier she had put on a plain summer dress and "it seemed no attire had ever so well become me, because none had i ever worn in so blissful a mood."
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