Posted by Luisa on October 14, 1997 at 16:28:27:
In response to We've got to love him!, written by Mary on October 14, 1997 at 14:15:18
] Isn't it every woman's hope that a man would be improved, in character, or behavior, as a result of her love? This is a large part of the appeal of Rochester, or for that matter, Darcy.
I agree, but I must confess, I actually liked Rochester more before he repented than afterwards. It pains me to read about Rochesterīs downfall and I don`t think he deserved to be punished in that horrible way (sorry, Charlotte!). I donīt like the last part of Jane Eyre all that much.
What makes Rochester so appealing to me is that he`s so utterly human and fallible and in the wrong in most of the things he does. He`s impetuous and full of feeling. He reminds me of Marianne in Sense and Sensibility. Rochester is Sensibility as well. And since Iīm much more Sense than Sensibility, I just gotta love those two characters above all the other ones I`ve read about (except my beloved Lizzy Bennett, who also has a lot of sensibility in her character). IMHO (and mind: this is JUST my opinion!) Rochester is worth all the virtuous Austen characters (except for the ones already mentioned) put together.
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