Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Me and Jane Eyre

“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!” 


The quote about is my favorite moment from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.  Why, you ask?  Well, because, little Jane can't quite seem to keep her mouth shut and be coy.  Mr. Rochester is toying with her (Jane thinks he's in love with another woman) and, rather than play it cool, Jane lets it all fly.  She's a Hot Mess.  Seriously, imagine standing in front of the Guy or Gal you've fallen for and saying "Do you think, because I'm poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless?  You think wrong!"  Not walking away with your dignity this time, huh?  But, from one Hot Mess to another, I find that trait comforting.  Listen, I've never been able to play things close to the vest.  Its too difficult.  I'll explode.  Subtly is not my strong suit, I'm afraid.  And when I get worked up enough, like Jane, I'm liable to say: I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal — as we are!”

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