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March 16, 2006


Filed under: Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 12:46 am

“I will like it, I dare like it!”

I bring more video clips from difficult to find Jane Eyre. Firstly, another clip from the BBC’s 1973 5-part mini-series starring Sorcha Cusack and Michael Jayston. This clip is the end of the scene where Mr Rochester tells Jane about his affair with Celine Varens, and then muses as he gazes at the facade of Thornfield Hall. The Thornfield in this clip is the lovely Renishaw Hall, once the home of the poet Edith Sitwell. The clip shows some of the grounds, as Jane and Rochester make their way through the ornamental gardens to the house front. Of Renishaw, Michael Jayston once remarked that he could imagine the fire which destroys Thornfield happening there, but not at Norton Conyers, which he visited. His thoughts on Norton Conyers was that it would be possible to escape from the upper floors. A nice way of saying he was working in a death trap… I kid. The interview this was taken from, as well as a photo of Michael Jayston sitting in a tree at Norton Conyers is floating around in the Brontëana archives somewhere. .

The second clip is from the 1952 Westinghouse Studio One Summer Theatre Jane Eyre starring Katherine Bard and Kevin McCarthy. This scene is the equivalent of the Hay Lane scene, with a few changes. You be the judge. Personally I think Mr Rochester sounds like an American pretending to be an English gentleman pretending to be a cowboy…

Who is that strange man, limping into the garden?



  1. Oops, I took out that JE ’73 clip… but I replaced it with the Proposal scene!

    Comment by ThisbeCiel — March 16, 2006 @ 11:51 am |Reply

  2. Thanks for these. I am desperately trying not to look at the proposal scene as I don’t want to spoil myself for the DVD but ah it is hard and mind and body rebels. I feel quite fondly towards the 1952 version despite the accents (or lack of). It is rather surprising to see quite so pert a Jane only ten years after Joan! And I like the way Mr R feel he can casually perch on her shoulder, and I like his slightly bonkers ‘lets keep this between me and you’ look he gives her when she finds out who he is. More clips please!

    Comment by Liz — March 17, 2006 @ 5:05 am |Reply

  3. to Liz:

    Oh, looking at the proposal scene won’t spoil you for the DVD- there is so much more to revel in! 😉 jk, You are a stronger person than I would be!

    Yes, I like ’52 too, though I’m not sure why- maybe it is because McCarthy is “slightly bonkers” LOL I have uploaded another clip for you! This time, I felt I needed to share Rochester beating up Mason. 😉

    Comment by ThisbeCiel — March 17, 2006 @ 11:41 pm |Reply

  4. YES! That is such a fabulous scene 🙂 Thank you, Thibster!

    Comment by Brontëana — March 17, 2006 @ 11:46 pm |Reply

  5. Excellent pages! Keep on the good work!

    Comment by Anonymous — March 26, 2006 @ 11:11 am |Reply

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