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April 14, 2006

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"A Reasonably Faithful Adaptation of Jane Eyre"


I think I have a new favourite parody. I'm watching this clip from SCTV, a classic Canadian sketch comedy show. This sketch is called 'Jane Eyrehead.' I can tell you exactly when I decided this is my new favourite parody. It was when Mr Rochester came riding down Hay Lane on an adorable little grey donkey. Somehow he manages to remain completely serious, and quite stately even while trying to keep his legs from hitting the ground and while accompanied by brisk donkey-trotting and cow bell sound effects. This Mr Rochester truly deserves the cuff she gives him. He 's… certainly peculiar. Quite… peculiar. Quite… Jack Benny like. After Jane recognises him she cuffs him and calls him a pig-headed moron. He takes no offence: "You got spunk! I like dat! Si-mone! Come'n out meet your neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew guvness!" he cries, while having a seizure, or flapping his jowls… 'Simone' is rather more advanced than Adele… "Bonjour mademoiselle. I look forward to stimulating pedagogical sessions which will expand both my horizons and your professorial boundaries."

'Reasonably faithful'- nice to have some honesty for a change! Maybe someday we'll have 'nothing like the real thing.' I haven't seen it all, but here you have parts one and two of 'Jane Eyrehead', with Andrea Martin as Jane Eyre, Joe Flaherty as Mr Rochester, John Candy as 'Mr Rochester's gentleman', Martin Short as Mr Mason, and Eugene Levy will be in there somewhere as well.

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