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March 17, 2006


Filed under: Anecdotes,Bronteana,Fan Art,Fun,Uncategorized — by bronteana @ 5:47 pm

Spreading the Word…

I finally recieved material from the Master's program in English. They are offering me a graduate assistantship. It seems like a good time, therefore, to discuss interior design. Professors at my university are very creative in how they choose to decorate the doors of their offices. I remember that in first year I stumbled upon the door of the writer in residence- now one of Canada's foremost authors. There was a feather taped to the door beside a cartoon of goats standing on a stove with the caption "Home on the Range". Below this was an old teacher evaluation from the 1960s. Scrawlled across it in an uncertain hand were the words: "That lecturer dude was rad." Below the scrawl, in elegant writing was: "____ ____ rocks Romanticism." Another professor- my mentor- has a magazine cover with a photo of an actress of the same name- I don't think she knows anything about Homer, though. And there's also an insultingly witty ancient Greek epigram bashing Challimachus. The Classics department is rife with puns. A poster of the she-wolf of Rome suckling Romulus and Rhemus has the caption: "Got Classics?" Another has a list of useful conversational Latin such as "If catapults are outlawed only outlaws will have catapults."

I have already stored a few items for the day when I too will have an office, and a door of my own. I don't know if I will have a door… I will certainly have a wall, and perhaps a chair and a desk… maybe a few walls. At least three. This poster, courtesy of the Association of the Librarians of the Czech Republic will definately have a place of honour on my wall.



  1. hmm…I have mixed sentiments about that picture.. :

    Comment by mysticgypsy — March 19, 2006 @ 11:16 pm |Reply

  2. Horrifying, isn’t it?

    Comment by Brontëana — March 19, 2006 @ 11:56 pm |Reply

  3. Um..I understand the need to portray empowered women…but that image actually serves the opposite purpose. I flinch to describe what it reminds me of.

    (my 2 cents)

    Comment by mysticgypsy — March 20, 2006 @ 12:23 am |Reply

  4. Empowering? Oh no, no- this is a parody of a sexed-up cover of JE. “Read it before Hollywood Does.” Another might have Rochester next to a motorcycle (with ‘Mesrour’ painted across it) with tufts of chest hair pouring out of his torn t-shirt (with no cravat!…ew). 😉 The caption reads:

    The joke is similar to something James Barbour said when they were getting desperate for people to come to see JE. In an interview about his role at Rochester he suddenly broke off and said that, he didn’t want to sound ‘wrong’ but that ‘there’s a lot of eye-candy in this show. Seriously, there are a lot of beautiful women in this show, guys’ and finally ‘and we all get naked at the end. No one seems to know about that. Yeah, the full Bronte!’

    It has gone down in history as one of the most cringe-worthy puns.

    Comment by Brontëana — March 20, 2006 @ 8:28 am |Reply

  5. Is there a Rochester poster like that???
    hmm why is such a disturbing thing also funn? :

    “The full Bronte”
    OMG!!! 😐 😐 Poor Charlotte!!

    Comment by mysticgypsy — March 20, 2006 @ 8:48 am |Reply

  6. I’m not sure. But I’ve found a lot of horrifying things in my travels through Bronteana (the stuff not my blog 😛 and it is often funny. For example, just yesterday I came across a review of Polly Teale’s Jane Eyre which said the actor playing St.John Rivers was:

    “overly psychotic as the chilly parson, St.John, but very engaging as Rochester’s dog”.

    …They character doubled Pilot and St.John?!! Of course that led to this:

    St.John: *whine, whine* Arf! *crawls around the drawingroom*
    Jane: Down, Pilot!
    Mr Rochester: Is that you, Mary?
    St.John: Arf! Arf!

    Mr Rochester: This St.John, then, is your cousin?
    Jane: Yes, sir. And, the strange thing is, Sir, that he’s also Pilot!
    Mr Rochester: …What?
    Jane: I know, it is rather peculiar how that works out.
    Mr Rochester: …Jane, I do not conjure your meaning.
    Jane: Pilot and I are cousins!
    Mr Rochester: …
    Jane: And he asked me to marry him.
    Mr Rochester: …Perhaps, you would rather not sit on my knee, Miss Eyre?

    Comment by Brontëana — March 20, 2006 @ 9:06 am |Reply

  7. Oh, and there isn’t such a post, but I am entirely capable of making one.


    It might get scary. I would be locked away in my little cubicle with these pictures, and I’d probably be laughing strangely from time to time. 😉

    Comment by Brontëana — March 20, 2006 @ 9:08 am |Reply

  8. OMG haahahahhahahahahhhaah
    This is hilarious!!! I propose for you to write an entire script!! I want to hear more! More! More!! Pleaaaaze!! *begs with clasped hands*

    Wait…so back to ur story: was St. John Pilot from the first??? Or did he seep into the poor dog’s body in order to stalk Jane? 😛
    And why is Jane not more disturbed ;P?

    Comment by mysticgypsy — March 20, 2006 @ 9:21 am |Reply

  9. So was Jane reincarnated as a pig in her past life?

    Comment by mysticgypsy — March 20, 2006 @ 9:23 am |Reply

  10. Brontëana – your spoof on Pilot/St. John had me laughing out loud! And thanks for the cheery news about your poetry book, Master’s program and conference (with presents, to boot!).

    Egads, did James Barbour truly get that desperate? Did the poor chap lose his head? The Full Bronte – lol!

    (Note: Friday, March 17, 2006/Spreading the Word post)

    Comment by frankengirl — March 20, 2006 @ 10:59 am |Reply

  11. to Mysticgypsy:

    I’ll think about it 😉 There aren’t that many scenes with Pilot, after all.

    Comment by Brontëana — March 23, 2006 @ 7:40 pm |Reply

  12. to frankengirl:

    There was something else that he said… something about Mr Rochester and Tarzan, but I can’t remember how it went. Something like: “I swing on trees, and I love Jane.”

    The poems are a lot better than they were when we first had a crack at editing them. They are still pretty bad, though. And I’m not very keen on my contribution either.

    Comment by Brontëana — March 23, 2006 @ 7:45 pm |Reply

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