If you hated it in school, try it again now that you are free to think your own thoughts. Charlotte Bronte, who wrote the novel under the pseudonym, Currer Bell, will stir you to the core. Consider this priceless gem: “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!” Here's the trailer from the 2011 movie version.
Of course, we cannot think of Charlotte Bronte's great novel without remembering that other novel, which like Adam's rib, came from it. That crazy first wife hidden away in Rochester's house - how did she get that way anyway? Jean Rhys imagined an answer and wrote a novel of her own to make us see. Here's the trailer from the 1993 film version of her beautifully rendered, Wide Sargasso Sea.
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