Posted by Emma on October 07, 1997 at 08:03:44:
In response to The World's Worst Proposal, written by Cheryl on October 07, 1997 at 02:16:29
] Boy, and we think Darcy's first proposal to Lizzy was bad! St. John blows Darcy out of the water!
] "You are formed for labour, not for love."
] "...do not forget that if you reject it, it is not me you deny, but God."
] Jane is spirited in her refusal:
] "I scorn your idea of love...and I scorn you when you offer it."
] "Oh! I will give me heart to God. You do not want it."
] But after it is all over, Jane lays no blame, she finds no fault in his behaviour towards her, even though she says that he is killing her...
] "Not that St. John harboured a spirit of unchristian vindictiveness--not that he would have injured a hair on my head, if it had been fully in his power to do so. Both by nature and and principle, he was superior to the mean gratification of vengeance: he had forgiven me..."
] What an infuriating, complex, vile, inspiring and frightening character Bronte has created in St. John! (shudder!)
Posting followups to old messages is disabled; instead go to the main index and post a new message which mentions this one.