Bronteana: Bronte Studies Blog Archives

October 29, 2005

113059866290624149

Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 10:42 am

Another limited time offer.

A dear friend of mine has recently bought a CD full of theatrical tidbits that someone had collected over time. In it there are some lovely video clips from the Jane Eyre musical when it was on Broadway. I haven’t seen most of these- my computer is still not up to the job, but that’s no reason not to share the links! They will be up for less than a week.

Several are promotional trailers from Broadway.com (avid fans will recognise the Proposal clip from James Barbour’s website):

“Secret Soul”
“The Pledge”
“The Proposal”
“The Kiss”

These are apparently longer video clips. I haven’t viewed them so I cannot comment on where they might have come from:

You examine me Miss Eyre
End of the Gypsy Scene
The Proposal
“Secret Soul” performed in the studio

There are also some audio files and photographs. I haven’t listened to these, either, but apparently the lyrics are different from other renditions: Sirens, Secret Soul. I’ve posted some of the photos throughough this post btw (or I will do when Blogger will allow it…).

I have been silent lately, due to more than one crisis at home, which are now resolved, God willing. Exam week is over, I have survived it with only minor damage and the addition of a new hobby- crochet. All of this has nothing to do with the Brontës and so, I’ll move on to something I read this morning which struck me as very odd.

From the Liverpool Daily Press article on Polly Teale’s Bronte:

“A fine actor like David Fielder is expected to play the sisters’ father, the dull curate who becomes Charlotte’s husband, Charlotte’s tutor and the fictional Mr Rochester. It’s not always easy to know which one he is playing at any moment.”

That really must be confusing. I’m thinking especially of the Patrick Bronte and Arthur Nicholls crossover. Just how is that supposed to work? I can’t help but think that it would make one of them seem totally nuts. “That soundrel! I don’t ever want to see him in this house again!” “Oh please, let me stay-” “No, I say!” Or something more accurate and meaningful but along those same lines. Still, it is a shame I cannot see this. Mr Rochester is easier to work in since he is a composite of imagination and experiences of character like most fictional creations. There could be a little of ..most of them (Mr.Nicholls excepted) in his character. It would probably come across as though there had only ever been one man in Charlotte’s life- at least he doesn’t also play Messrs. Smith, Williams, Taylor, and Thackeray too.

Advertisements

October 26, 2005

113037683193920293

Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 9:01 pm

More pretty pictures…

I had to return most of the Brontë books I took out, alas. I did renew the ones by Juliet Barker because they’re so interesting ‘light’ reading! I’m going to try once again, to continue my project to share all of the illustrated Brontë lovliness I have hoarded away on my PC. These are some of my favourites, illustrated by John Huehnergarth in 1954. The glorious Kristin sent them to me, along with other things to keep up my obsession- I mean… collection.

I have collected a lot of illustrations but have only come across two like the one on the left, which illustrate Mr Rochester’s affairs on the continent. The other is from the 1940s. The edition is one of my favourites. There are many beautiful illustrations which cleverly comment upon the action in the text itself. These are good examples, but there are several ways he goes about this. The expressions of these illustrations are what speak for the accompaning text.

The one on the right is straight-forward, it seems. But if you read more into it, the illustrator has answered the question a few readers might have- would Mr Rochester make a good father? The other is more tricky. He certainly seems rather ridiculous, and flattered I think, by Celine’s vivacious clinging. In the context of Mr Rochester’s narrative, this image has strong ironic overtones.

October 24, 2005

113020544657744661

Filed under: Bronteana,Comic Books,Fan Fiction,Fun,Games,Jane Eyre,Parodies,Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 9:37 pm

Jane Eyre by Telegram.

Yes! You read correctly. Jane Eyre by telegram… I am being buried now, beneath piles of exams. I marked a good many today, and I have an exam to proctor tomorrow as well as one to sit! I will take the time now, while I can catch my breath and save for future reference, some of the more amusing pastimes of a few Brontephiles- namely me, and my friends. Projects like Jane Eyre by Telegram, but other projects suggested include a blogged version of Wuthering Heights (with journal entries by each of the characters), and there's also a huge Jane Eyre comic book that I made, and half of one of Villette.

Jane Eyre by Telegram was first proposed by Aidan, on august 18th 2005 at 2:56 PM. We didn't get very far because we all got so excited! But there was one telegram that arrived far too early:

"Jane stop Jane stop Jane stop Mr Rochester stop."

Others never made it at all:

{This telegram was never sent- having slipped into a crack of the post office floor.}jane eyre stop i love you stop mr rochester stop

Here's a selection of my favourites from all parties:

dear doll stop i am here at school stop i have met a very nice girl who does not despise me stop i am sending you a telegram because i am so cold i can not speak stop i hope we have something good to eat this morning stop love jane

dear God stop kill me know or let me at least run away stop sob sob sob stop yes i will run away and live again in europe stop i know that i'm not crazy even though i am sending a telegram to God stop it's better than carrying out this suicide attempt stop speaking of which i should put these pistols away now before wife gets them stop again stop yours agonisingly edward

"God is currently busy and cannot take your call please hold *sounds of Greensleeves*"Dear St John,We're writing in regard to your latest shipment of beef. It never showed up and we're running low on supplies. We need fresh meat otherwise we will surely go out of business. Please provide some.Yours sincerely,Rhajid Bhaskar,Manager of The Calcutta Grilling Co.

Hahahahaha stop Thornfield is mine all mine stop Hahahahha stop have died suddenly stop Rowland Rochester

mamma stop i am having a frightfully good time here in town stop everybody likes me and they are always getting up gambling parties just for me stop i need more money though stop send me by wire stop your own rapscallion john

dear god stop your favourite son here stop all these children are dying and people are blaming me stop help stop they are actually going to start feeding them stop please strike down the unbelievers stop awaiting your divine wrath stop brocklehurst stop

dear jane stop my husband's great stop however I just won't ever write to you again stop he doesn't let me have contact with any of my close friends stop send help stop i mean i am perfectly happy with married life stop the former miss temple

0948 stop a woman came in and said the code word stop but not the rest of it stop she did not seem to know anything stop however there really was a letter for J.E. stop can not be a coincidence stop advise following the woman who headed towards lowood stop postmistress stop

Agnes Grey stop thank you for your reply stop but we have already secured a governess stop have a nice life stop mrs. fairfax stop

dear mademoiselle jeanette arrete je suis very happy to have a governante arrete i mean governess stop i have stopped jumping on the matresses in the third story stop may i now have some cake stop Adella Varens

what the deuce is to do now stop mr rochester stop

for once i wish someone would care about my welfare in these situations stop mesrour stop

To Theatrical Equipment Proprieters, Millcote sir stop you have sent me the wrong costume stop i wanted a female gypsy outfit stop the skirt must have a wide waistband stop nevermind what it is for stop just send it to me stop mr. rochester

john stop please get the gardner to fix up the lawns stop miss eyre has created ruts in the grass with all of her pacing stop it looks awful stop mrs. fairfax stop

john stop go out and purchase a doll and a dress or whatever for adele stop i could not be bothered to get anything for her when i was abroad and now she is bugging me stop mr rochester stop

October 23, 2005

113009283770048213

Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 2:35 pm

…This is not funny! Not funny at all!

http://www.brontecollege.com/

If only it were that simple! (In fact has nothing at all to do with the Brontës). George Elliot appears to be extremely popular in Canadian academia nowadays, but courses on the Brontës are scarce. I’ve found one so far and it has been cancelled.

*sigh*

October 22, 2005

113003863088511259

Robin Chapman on Jane Eyre (1973), more than one Bway JE (?), and some confusion…

The New York TimesJuly 18, 1982, Sunday, Late City Final Edition
SECTION: Section 2A; Page 3, Column 1; Arts and Leisure Desk
HEADLINE: TELEVISION WEEK
BYLINE: By Eleanor Blau

A New Jane

'Jane Eyre,'' the Charlotte Bronte novel, arrives on Channel 13 in four parts starting Wednesday evening at 8, offering a new look at a much-filmed heroine. Jane, hired as a governess at that mysterious house, Thornfield Hall, headed by the romantic and tyrannical Mr. Rochester, has inspired at least three pre-talkie films and two with sound: in 1934 (with Virginia Bruce and Colin Clive), and in 1944 (Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles). There was even a Broadway version in 1958 (Jan Brooks and Eric Portman) [Hmmm…] and a 1971 television movie (Susannah York and George C. Scott).

In this BBC version, starring Sorcha Cusack (daughter of the actor Cyril Cusack) and Michael Jayston, Jane will tell her own story – as she does in the first-person novel. According to Robin Chapman, the novelist and playwright who did the adaptation, ''usually when people dramatize 'Jane Eyre' they take away the narrative voice-over of Jane herself and this turns the book on its head.

''I think Charlotte Bronte was an early feminist,'' Mr. Chapman said last week speaking by phone from England. ''She debunks the Byronic glamour associated with Rochester.'' The first view we get of Rochester is a typically romantic, macho one, riding a horse – but he falls, Mr. Chapman noted. And by the time Jane is reunited with him at the end of the novel, ''he is reduced to a human being.'' He has been blinded but some of his sight is being restored. ''It's very much a parable,'' Mr. Chapman said.

And now, for the confusion:

Putting on Eyres

Please help me, I have drained my memory cells.

I would like to know the name of a movie featuring George C. Scott. He was married to an insane woman and kept her locked in the attic.

He was in love with another woman. His wife set the house on fire and, in the rescue attempt, he lost his sight.

His character's name in the movie was Rothchild.

I thought it was "Wuthering Heights," but after seeing it on TV recently, I found out it was not.

My friends cannot recall the name, and some of them wonder if it is a movie.

I told them I could never think of such a plot. I'd be a writer if I could.

"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte is a virtual sister volume to Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre." The sibling Gothic novelists and their works are often confused. George C. Scott and Susannah York starred in the 1971 British TV-movie version, the third filming we can find. Virginia Bruce and Colin Clive starred in a 1934 rendering, and Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine played the leads in a famous 1944 feature showcasing a very young Elizabeth Taylor. By the way, Bronte's brooding hero is named Rochester, not Rothchild.

113002711371984386

Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 7:53 pm

Nell Booker illustrations, and P.B.B.

Here are a few illustrations from a 1946 edition of Jane Eyre, illustrated by Nell Booker, with introduction by May Lamberton Becker. Apparently “a Rainbow Classic”.

*insert other illustrations here… Blogger is once again giving me grief! eheu! I’ll try again this evening.

In other news, I was tired of studying this evening and so I took a peek at ‘Poems of Patrick Branwell Brontë’ or rather the introduction. I didn’t feel justified in reading the poems themselves since I really do need to study for midterm exams, but the introduction was an interesting read… Especially the declaration: “Branwell was the second best poet among the Brontës.” A pretty strong statement! I have read a few poems by Branwell in my travels. Several were quite good and one was plain awful. It seems to me that people are in the habit of saying ridiculous things about Branwell and his work. I recall reading an article for a seminar which declared that, under certain circumstances (hinting that this applied only to Branwell) “the Parsonage produced trash.” I cannot say that I’ve seen such language used in literary criticism elsewhere, and it is shocking.

October 20, 2005

112985895051608195

Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 9:23 pm

Radio Times article on Jane Eyre 1973

Here’s the longest article I have on this particular production and it isn’t really about the production at all. It carefully sidesteps it entirely! Instead we get to hear two pretty nutty views on Jane Eyre. Some of it even crosses the line from nutty to offensive.

As BBC2 begins a new serialisation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic, two Yorkshire writers, John Braine and Phyllis Bentley, talk about the novel to Ruth Inglis

A JANE FOR ALL GENERATIONS”Jane is really a liberated girl, but not immoral- far from it- a staunch Christian.”

John Braine, author of Room at the Top, thinks that Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre had a great influence on his own writing- and on his own Yorkshire childhood generally.

I met him at his office in Woking, Surrey, a cramped broom closet kind of a room which just manages to hold his own desk- a place of work a long way from Joe Lampton’s idea of the de luxe.

Speaking of Charlotte Brontë, the 51-year-old author mellows and almost the apolectically angry television pundit one so often sees ripping the innards out of left-wing ideas fades away.

Charlotte Brontë made me realise that the only real materail for a writer is what he knows best. There’s no need to go looking for exotic backgrounds you don’t understand. I came from Bingley, Yorkshire, and from my attic window I could see the beginning of the moors to Haworth where the Brontës lived, and I used to walk the road that Charlotte used to take to get out there, the very self-same road.

‘Jane Eyre is really a liberated girl,’ he says admiringly, ‘but not an immoral girl- far from it- a stauch Christian. But though her morals are conventional enough, she doesn’t have any feelings at all about Rochester’s lurid past. She knows Rochester is a middle-aged rake, but in this she’s curiously modern. She goes for the old rake with a bit of experience. But she always appeals to Rochester on exactly equal terms and when they’re talking as man and woman.

There is a theory that in Jane Eyre we have the perfect example of the repressed Victorian woman’s fantasy emasculation of the overbearing male (she did after all, s it’s exponents explain, end up with a blind, half-maimed man she had to lead by the hand). Braine dismissed this with a return to his gritty, angry Yorkshire persona.

‘What a load of rubbish. Rochester was quite able to find one part of her. Theirs is a genuine, overwhelming passion- something there wasn’t much of in the English novel of the 19th century. Jane didn’t have any desire to make him helpless. Even blind, he had the same appeal for her because he was still so masculine.

The more feminine a woman, the more masculine there is in her and the more masculine the man, the more feminine there is in him… I’m not talking about unisex. You measure things by their opposites. What makes a man more masculine is a quality of tenderness. A cruel man is effeminate and a woman who caves in at adversity isn’t a true woman.’

While admitting that Jane was a modern woman, Braine felt she still knew the best way to get her mana nd that this ruse was age-old. ‘Morals haven’t changed much since Jane’s time. Very often the way still to get your man is to hold out. Putting a high price on the commodity still holds the most attraction for a man.’

~interview with Phyllis Bentley~Phyllis Bentley, a spry, white-haired Yorkshirewoman just turned 70, spoke affectionately of Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre’s creator, as she drove me at a brisk pace around the steep hills of her native Halifax in her bright new red car.

‘I was born eight miles from the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth and I have a great sympathy for the family, especially Charlotte.’

With some satisfaction, Miss Bentley said that the thousands of American tourists who come to visit the Haworth pasonage where the Brontës lived tend to buy one of her Brontë biographies on the way (she has written two of them).

‘Like Charlotte, I had a great difficulty in finding satisfying work.’ she says. ‘I was always eager to work for my living and at that date it was not always easy. The social atmosphere was much against women taking degrees. But I went ahead and got one, anyway at London University, this after going to Cheltenham. Now, mercifully, most every Yorkshire girl can find a job if she wants to.’

Miss Bentley is convinced tht Jane Eyre would not have felt out of place working in Leeds or Halifax today. Not only was she fully modern, but she was spirited. In many ways, the Halifax authoress prefers ‘spirited’ women to the more militant variety.

‘Being a governess was about all a woman could do in Jane’s day- a governess, how awful! But she wouldn’t submit. When Rochester asked if she thought him handsome, she snapped out, “No, sir!”

‘She would have the same intesity and passiont today. Even now you have to put up quite a fight to get a really top job. After all, woman’s emotions haven’t changed much since then. You can fall in love in any century, you know.’

She feels that today’s women still long for a man like Rochester who is strong spirit and soul.

“He would be the wishfulfilment of every spinister then and now, the hero to whom they can deliver saucy remarks to show their independent spirit. That kind of dominating man appeals particularly to the woman who’s not eager to surrender. I think this is why single women are so permissive today. They are searching for someone to fulfil these very fantasies.’
(Michael Jayston, who plays Mr Rochester, in front of Norton Conyers. Sorcha Cusack, who plays Jane, in front of Brontë cottages at Cowan Bridge).

112978493476085841

Filed under: Anecdotes,Bronteana,Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 12:55 am

Another pleasant evening…

At last, I am free! I've been running student elections under quite trying circumstances. Today's events are Brontë related, and so, here we go! I had a 3 hour shift running a polling station, and what better way to pass away the tedium than to read some books about the Brontës? I had left my copy of Agnes Grey at home, but I've memorised where their section is in the library. I scooped up a few, and was checking them out when a classmate stopped me to ask about an upcoming paper. We sat down in the coffee house to talk it over. She saw the books and exclaimed: "Oh God, you're reading that?" Of course, I was. "The Brontës. I don't mind them," she continued. After a pensive moment: "I read that one… by that one… 'Withering Heights!' I read that. I didn't mind that one." I proceed to astound her by announcing my intention to study the Brontës and Victorian literature. "The Brontës are Victorian?!" …I'm finding it difficult to conceptualise the Brontës NOT being Victorian.

A few weeks back I had a very different experience. That time I had the Helen Jerome play, an illustrated copy of Jane Eyre, Barker's 'The Brontes,' Agnes Grey, the poems of Branwell Bronte and… a few other things. 😉 I staggered into class, and put the pile down on my desk. Someone next to me immediately cried out and snatched Jane Eyre from the top of the pile declaring it her absolute favourite. I was the astounded one this time- it has been my experience that people generally don't even know who the Brontës are- or if they do, they think of Emily and Wuthering Heights (or Withering… ;). I was even more shocked because after her cry someone nearby seconded this, and so we three rejoiced and lamented the general lack of Brontë-love. "How could you not love this book?" One of them demanded, reflecting on her experience in high school.

I've noticed one interesting thing… Whenever I'm caught reading the Brontës people tend to ask me if I'm reading for pleasure.

October 18, 2005

112968695566172646

Marla Schaffel on Jane Eyre

Copyright 2000 Plain Dealer Publishing Co.Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)
November 26, 2000
Sunday, FINAL / ALLSECTION: SUNDAY ARTS; Pg. 2I

HEADLINE: GIVING VOICE TO JANE EYRE';ACTRESS DEVOTES FIVE YEARS TO MUSICAL FINALLY SET TO OPEN ON BROADWAY

BYLINE: By ALEXIS GREENE; NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Nobody promised Marla Schaffel it would be easy.

It was 1995 when Schaffel, a dark-haired actress with an enticing soprano voice, performed the role of Jane Eyre at the first public reading of John Caird and Paul Gordon's musicalization of the Charlotte Bronte novel.

Now it is 2000. More readings, several workshops and two pre-Broadway productions later, "Jane Eyre" will finally open at the Brooks AtkinsonTheatre in New York Dec. 3, and Schaffel will star in a part to which she has devoted much of her young career.

"It's been very hard," says Schaffel, talking about the last half-decade during an interview at her Jersey City, N.J., apartment. Schaffel, two rambunctious Australian shepherds named Hotspur and Illyria, and one intimidated cat recently moved from Manhattan to a row house here. "Thehighs have been great, and the disappointments have been great. I'm not avery excitable person anyway, but we're on Broadway, and I think I should begoing Whooeee' – you know, dancing in the street. But it's just another day in a show that I love dearly. Because it has been five years."

Musicals are notoriously difficult to birth, requiring skilled collaborationas well as large numbers of dollars. But "Jane Eyre" has had a harder labor than most. A 1995 workshop in Wichita, Kan., led Canada-based producer and theater owner David Mirvish to take the show to Toronto in 1996, with an eyetoward Broadway. But mixed reviews returned the creative team to the drawingboard.

By the time "Jane Eyre" had its second pre-Broadway stand in 1999, at LaJolla Playhouse in California, Caird's book and Gordon's score had gonethrough numerous changes, and American Scott Schwartz had joined EnglishmanCaird as co-director; James Barbour had replaced Anthony Crivello in the leading role of Edward Rochester, the moody, secretive owner of Thornfield Hall, where the orphaned Jane Eyre is hired as a governess; and Mirvish had departed.

"After Toronto," Schaffel recalls, "there was a reading where I felt I nolonger had an active character to play. And I was very clear to them at the end of that reading that we were not going in the right direction. And partof that has been the struggle about whether and how the ensemble should bethe voice of Jane. But Jane just became an incredibly passive character. And that's not for me."

Bound for the arts

Inaction is not Schaffel's approach to life, onstage or off. Raised in what she describes as the "cultural wasteland" of Miami, Schaffel nonetheless decided that she wanted to be in the arts. She just didn't know which art to choose.

"I started studying piano at 6; I wanted to be a classical pianist," the32-year-old actress relates about her childhood exuberance. "I started studying ballet and I wanted to be a ballet dancer. I always sang, and Iwanted to be an opera singer."

"When I was 10 or 11," she remembers, "I saw Teresa Stratas perform Mimi inLa Boheme' at the Metropolitan Opera. It rocked my world. She was the most spectacular actress I had laid eyes on. She was so vulnerable, and her physicality was so beautiful. When the sound came out of her, and she was hunched over, it just came from her bowels. She threw caution to the wind when she was performing. I decided I wanted to be that kind of actress."

In 1990, Schaffel graduated from the acting program at New York City's Juilliard School. Four years later, with hard-won credits on her resume, including a stint as Fantine in the endlessly running "Les Miserables," sheauditioned for Caird, who had directed "Les Miz." He was looking for a singer-actress to play Jane Eyre for a reading at Manhattan Theatre Club.

"I remember wearing my hair up for that audition," says Schaffel, "and trying to be as small as I possibly could. Jane Eyre is supposed to be very short. Bronte herself was not even 5 feet. And she is supposed to be plain.I wore flats and a dress and no makeup whatsoever."

"I sang my normal songs," Schaffel recalls, "which is one really high soprano number and one big belt number, and then John asked for a monologue- I had been asked to prepare a Shakespeare monologue. It was some compilation of Portia's lines from The Merchant of Venice,' and I went up on my lines in the middle of it. And John totally fed me the lines, to help getme on track. I was stunned. And I was mortified."

Only one choice

Schaffel was the only actress Caird called back for the role."I saw all the qualities of Jane in Marla," the director said during arecent telephone conversation. "Spiritual and emotional intensity and intelligence. The actress playing Jane has to be able to think and convey to an audience that she is thinking. Marla has the clarity and analytical powers essential for playing a Bronte heroine."

Because of Schaffel's commitment to "Jane Eyre," at times it feels as though her career is on hold while she waits for productions of "Eyre" to materialize. Even after La Jolla, months passed before the producers found a suitable, and available, Broadway house, and last summer Schaffel used the time to star in "Enter the Guardsman," an off-Broadway musical.

Finding her way into the role after a hiatus also brings challenges. "Jane's openness and vulnerability are the hardest things to get back to," says Schaffel. "I'm not generally a very vulnerable person, and it's hard for me to open myself every time we start the show again. Also, I've changed so much in five years, and my life has changed drastically – I was married around the time I got the show and now I'm no longer with my husband – that I have to remind myself to remember the unjaded, youthful side of Jane. Each time it becomes a process of tearing down my walls."

It has continued to be difficult," says Schaffel, "but it has continued to be great."

Marla Schaffel woreflats, a dress, no makeup and her hair up to audition for the part of Jane Eyre, a role she not only won, but also has been working on for five years in changing versions of the musical, "Jane Eyre." The show based on the Charlotte Bronte novel of the same name is finally set to open on Broadway Dec. 3. James Barbour stars as Edward Rochester.

(above right: Mary Stout as Mrs.Fairfax, and Marla Schaffel as Jane Eyre at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. Blogger is not allowing me to post the other pictures at the moment, so check back in the morning to see how Jane changed from Toronto to Broadway).

ETA: (above left. Marla Schaffel as Jane Eyre with young Jane played by. Publicity photo for the La Jolla production. Bottom Right. Marla Schaffel as Jane Eyre from the Broadway production).

October 17, 2005

112960850738994064

Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 11:54 pm

Hey, where are my spoons? DUN DUN DUNN! *

I have been driven mad today, so I’m a little sillier than usual. I must have a book ready to publish by wednesday and everyone is dragging their feet, files aren’t working, and- oh yes- can you illustrate the bio tonight? *sigh*

Thisbeciel sent me this, which appalled but amused me. I think I’ve heard the music for this. I may have. I’ve heard that there are something like 30 musicals of Jane Eyre alone, but I only know the magnificent one… and the “feel-good 1960s one” (with peppy Mr Brocklehurst enthusing about the lack of lunch at Lowood!). There will be no lunch! *sparkle jump!* bad, bad, bad mental pictures… Also, I think Rochester’s proposal song is called “I have Something Stupid to Tell You.” Anyway, here’s my response to Thisbeciel’s report.

Now, it seems that a lot of adaptations cannot help turning Mr Rochester into a minx. This is just terrible, I hope you will agree:

Rochester: You say “farewell”. I find I need more than that. I need… (He gives her a gentle kiss)I needed that. Now go.

Jane: (totally confused) I don’t know what to say.

Rochester: And that is exactly when you should find the strength to say nothing.

Jane: Goodbye, I will think. (She pulls away but he grabs her hand and gently kisses it. With great fortitude, she reaches up and kisses him again.)

But then Mr Mason starts talking spy-speak:

“And it would seem that Mr. Mason has more of a backbone in this version- cue in this response when the servant tells Mason Rochester is too busy to see visitors- “tell Mr. Rochester that the weather is lovely in Jamaica”

“LOL! Sounds like code speak to me. I wonder what Mr. R could respond…

Rochester: Tell him that the mangoes still seem to be sickly though.
Mason: Tell Rochester that the mangoes are sickly because they are kept hidden away under a tarp.”

But this is my favourite:

“I forgot to mention another part when the guests are there and they ask him to sing, Mr. R. says:”I have no intention of favoring you all with baritone majesty.”

*This joke will only make sense if you’ve listened to Mystery Theatre Jane Eyre, and read the comments to this post.

Next Page »

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.