When I’m stumped for an idea I go searching online news feeds. Not “news” news, but things more related to culture. I get an idea and from there it morphs into something different and then something different again until I come up with….nothing. Then I read a blip that said Best Movies of 2015, and I thought why not Best Book Lines ever! Okay, okay, they might not be considered the best of the best, but they’re my favorite lines. *grin* Actually today’s post is just one of my favorite, best ever, quotes.
“I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you–especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous Channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you,–you’d forget me.”
— Edward Rochester, Jane Eyre
I don’t remember how old I was when I read Jane Eyre, but I do know my grandmother gave it to me to read. I might have read it sitting under the oak tree outside her bedroom window with the lovely, passionate voices of Pavarotti and Kathleen Battle singing Italian operatic duets floating out of her window into the sultry heat of a hot summer vacation afternoon. This book has resonated with me from the first time I read it. I’ve never forgotten the quote above. Edward is so desperate not to lose Jane, and he knows he shouldn’t dare to even think of marriage, but he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her with him. This is my favorite romance of all time. This book has been adapted to film numerous times, and I have about half of all the productions ever made. I think the best Rochester by far is Toby Stephens. He plays Edward exactly as he is in the book. Harsh, cruel, and tortured.
Do you have a favorite Jane Eyre movie edition? Who do you think makes the best Rochester?