Big ole softies-do we love them 'cause they are?
Posted by Lynn on October 14, 1997 at 12:40:44:
In response to like puppies, written by AnneM on October 14, 1997 at 09:14:58
] ] ] ] We spoke of humor the other week, and I chuckle all through the conversation when Rochester is quizzing Jane about St. John. "Did you like him? You say he was 50? His brain is soft? He's ugly? He's priggish? (aside) Damn him!" ;-)
] ] ] she has her power back!
] ] Speaking of Jane's power, I just read an article in which Ciaran Hinds spoke of Rochester. He said
Rochester is a character a lot of women hold dear in their hearts, though, for the life of me, I can't understand why. He is self-centered, arrogant, haughty- a driven man. I'm not totally unromantic- though perhaps verging on cynical- but I suspect that once they were married Jane would have soon had him under her thumb. But then Rochester certianly deserved it!
] That CH seems like a man I'd like to meet.(sigh)
] I think Rochester is like lots of men. They want to appear in charge, they are blustery full grown mastiffs, and some are afraid of them. But then someone comes along, scratchs them behind the ears, and they turn into little mewling puppies.
I too love these questions of his about St.John. He's jealous, he is hoping St. John is some old codger. I love how Jane treats him in this scene, teasing him in the way she used to. She's so smart. Some people would have been all over him with "oh, my poor dear! You poor pitiful thing" and although in a way this is what Rochester wants, it's not what he needs.
I saw this quote too, and in a way he is right about Rochester. He does treat Jane shabbily, but eventually he suffers for it and realizes her true worth. I do think Jane will rule the roost!
In junior high school (many years ago!) I had a teacher that everyone was afraid of. He was stern and strict. My dad is quiet, quite a large man, and I was afraid of him too. But my mom, who worked at my school, said, about the teacher: He's just like your dad, he's just a big softie inside! I was never afraid of him again, and it sure changed the way I looked at my dad!! That's what this comment about Rochester being a puppy reminded me of. They are so afraid of being vulnerable that they have a hard time showing their softer sides. Do we love them all the more for that?
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