it's there, as plain as, uh...twilight
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Posted by greg on October 12, 1997 at 14:00:59:
In response to The Moon in "Jane Eyre.", written by Anne P on October 10, 1997 at 08:35:41
Has anyone else been following this symbol? I'm not quite sure what Charlotte is saying with it.
i think you've made, if not an astounding discovery, at least a very astute one, from my relatively dim viewpoint, anne. your question prompted me to go back and look for lunar references(wish i'd had a hypertext version handy), and here are some that i found(bottom line is, i think mark summed it up pretty concisely): she starts right from ch.1 with the "crescent" moon, which i can see as a budding jane from the fact that the bewick references clearly foreshadow - in a very chilling way - the rest of the story. ch. 8: when helen comforts jane after her ordeal on the stool, "some heavy clouds, swept from the sky by a rising wind, had left the moon bare...". ch.12(when she meets mr. r): the many references to the twilight moon(hence mark's observation), including, "on the hilltop...sat the rising moon; pale yet as a cloud, but brightening momently; she looked over hay...". in ch. 23 - another twilight rendezvous with r: "...surely no one can wish to go to bed while sunset is thus at meeting with moonrise." there are more, no doubt: more than enough to convince me that the symbol is intentional, and that we aren't lunatics. and what does she mean by it? perhaps it adds to the feeling of the spiritual, universal nature of the union.
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