Now you know
Posted by Ann on October 09, 1997 at 11:59:40:
In response to other questions!, written by AnneM on October 07, 1997 at 14:09:40
] This is a puzzlement for me, but for many reasons...
] Jane herself started this whole pickle by writing to the uncle in the first place. Remember, Jane had this info from just before Aunt Reed died. Why did she not write from Gatehead, she was there three weeks after the funeral! It was then she learned about the money! Why did she wait until she got back to Thornfield? Or why she didn't renew the correspondence at Moor House. Or how Jane's letter got to the islands and Mr Mason got back to England in one month. Or why the heck didn't Mr Briggs have further details of the "competency" mentioned in Uncle's letter from three years ago.
] Poor little Jane was in such a shock, she could not think straight. Yes, yet throughout the book she is such a strong character, and has such a clear head. Why did she not go find Messrs Briggs and Mason until this was all straigntened out? These guys just left her, in Thornfield, alone in a swoon? They couldn't wait to leave. Would not gentlemanlike behavior had dictated at least an offer of assistance from one of them? errr!! Why did they just leave her like that?
You just hit upon some of the many reasons why I dislike this book--the plot makes no sense! It is like those Hollywood films which create a smart character in the first two thirds of a film and then have to make them be idiots in the last third, throwing away all of the characterisations they had built up.
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