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I think this is the best version of “Jane Eyre,” perfectly cast and acted and very close to the book. Timothy Dalton creates an excellent Mr. Rochester, and Zelah Clarke was born for the part of Jane.
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Jane Eyre is an orphan raised by her cold-hearted Aunt Reed (Judy Cornwell) and abused by her cousin John. One day Jane stands up to John; when he hits her, she hits back, letting out a flood of long-suppressed emotions. For that Jane is sent away to Lowood, a boarding school poor and orphaned girls. Jane spends 8 years at Lowood, surviving harsh conditions, typhus epidemic, and the loss of a dear friend. She gets good education and eventually becomes one of the teachers. However, she wants to explore the world she has seen so little of. She advertises in a newspaper seeking a position of a private tutor. Her ad is answered. Mrs. Fairfax of Thornfield Hall offers her to be the governess for a young girl.

Jane arrives to Thornfield and gets to know her student, Adelle, who happens to be French. It turns out that Mrs. Fairfax (Jean Harvey) does not own Thornfield, she is only the housekeeper. The owner is Mr. Rochester, a wealthy gentleman who spends most of his time abroad and only shows up in Thornfield once in a while. Adelle is Mr. Rochester's. Jane is very curious to meet Mr. Rochester, and when she does, her curiosity is stirred even more. A man of a very strong character, closed up and reserved most of the time, he seems to be in some constant inner turmoil. Mr. Rochester notices Jane as well; he questions her about her past and finds her honest and thoughtful answers unusual. The two are drawn to each other, but Jane guards her heart and does not get her hopes up since it is very unlikely that Mr. Rochester would marry his governess. He is courting Ms. Ingram (Mary Tamm), a proud beauty from a rich family, and things seem to be quickly progressing towards marriage.

When Mr. Rochester suddenly announces that he has no intention of marrying Ms. Ingram and proposes to Jane, she at first refuses to believe it. However, she sees that Mr. Rochester is in earnest, and she accepts his proposal. But on the day of their wedding a stranger walks into the church and declares that the ceremony cannot go on because Mr. Rochester is already married. This shocking announcement turns out to be true. Mr. Rochester had gotten married at a very young age, to a mentally ill woman, whose illness was concealed from him by her family. Her condition had later on worsened to complete madness. Unable to get a divorce, Mr. Rochester had secretly brought his wife to Thornfield and for many years kept her locked in a room upstairs, with a servant attending to her. He explains to Jane how it all came about and asks to forgive him for deceiving her. Jane is devastated. She still loves Mr. Rochester, but she will not be a mistress to a married man. She flees from Thornfield and starts a new life under a new name. However, when she hears that Mr. Rochester was injured in a fire trying to save his mad wife, who is now dead, Jane rushes back to him, and they are reunited.

The review of this Book prepared by Laura Southcombe

Jane Eyre's title character begins as a young girl who is without close or sympathetic relations. She is sent by a cruel aunt to Lowood Institution (a very poorly run boarding school where students die from bad treatment and malnourishment). On leaving Lowood, Jane takes a position as governess at Thornfield, a great estate owned by Mr. Rochester. Mr. Rochester and Jane fall in love, but a bitter secret stands in the way of their happiness. Jane struggles with this terrible turn of events, but in the end she finds her way to true love and happiness.
The review of this Book prepared by Jennifer Wood

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte is a wonderous love story about a lady named Jane Eyre who is trying to survive in the world. The story starts out with Jane, who is an orphan, living with her aunt who is "under the necessity of keeping me (Jane) at a distance" (Bronte Pg.5). After a while, Jane is sent to a school where she eventually teaches at. She begins to feel that she belongs somewhere else, so she advertises and winds up as a governess for a child named Adele. Adele's father, Mr. Rochester, owns the household where Jane stays. Jane and Mr. Rochester become friends, and gradually begin to become even more. They go though a lot together; Mr. Rochester even owes Jane an "immense debt" for saving his life at one point (Bronte pg 133). Jane Eyre inspires many through her obstacles in her life and love.
The review of this Book prepared by Tiffany Rivera

Jane Eyre is an orphan who was under her uncle's care. When her uncle died, her aunt sent her off to a horrible girls charity boarding school where Jane lived for years. Then she taught until she decided to seek a position as a governess. She is engaged to teach Adele, Mr. Edward Rochesters illegitamate child. She finds herself falling for Edward, but thinks he is in love with a beautiful Lady named Blanche. He, meanwhile, is falling in love with Jane. Edward finally proposes, and persuades Jane to accept. She does, and the day of her wedding, a horrible secret comes out... All ends well, though.
The review of this Book prepared by Kitty

Jane Eyre, orphan, becomes governess for Rochester's illegitimate daughter. Jane resists once she is almost set aflame by madwoman in the attic. Madwoman dies, man is freed, Jane is made happy.
The review of this Book prepared by Christine G.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich What kind:    -   one man-two women Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over past traitorous lover

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age/status:    -   40's-50's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   teacher


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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