10 Differences Between #JaneEyre and Charlotte Bronte #AtoZChallenge #Bronte200

This post is part of this year’s April Challenge to write a post a day. I’ve chosen to write about my greatest literary passion: Jane Eyre. Today, Jane Eyre is going to point out the Ten differences between herself and Charlotte Bronte.

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I’m very grateful to Charlotte Bronte for making me such a famous person, as Mr. Rochester might say, ‘You—poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are, have become the most famous female literary character in English Literature.’ 

Some readers mistake me, Jane Eyre, the author of my autobiography, for my pen name, Charlotte Bronte. That’s understandable, but there are plenty of differences between us.

If you check out Charlotte Bronte’s biography here and my biography here, you’ll see for yourselves how different our lives were.

But just to clarify matters, there follow Ten Differences between me, Jane Eyre, and Charlotte Bronte, my alter ego:

  1. I was an orphan and Charlotte wasn’t.
  2. I was educated at a boarding school, while Charlotte was educated at home by her father and her aunt.
  3. I had no brothers or sisters and Charlotte had one brother and four sisters (although two died in infancy).
  4. I never left England, and Charlotte travelled to Belgium.
  5. I married at an early age 19-20, and Charlotte married later in life, at 38.
  6. Charlotte wrote fantasy stories from an early age, while I preferred drawing as my creative expression, until after my marriage.
  7. I wrote my autobiography, while Charlotte wrote poems and fictional novels.
  8. I was fiercely independent, yet Charlotte always lived with and obeyed her father.
  9. I was described as beautiful by some and plain by others, read this post, while Charlotte was reportedly very ugly, no question about it. According to her biographer, Mrs. Gaskell, Charlotte had, “a reddish face, large mouth and many teeth gone; altogether plain”.
  10. I inherited a fortune from my uncle and married a rich man, while Charlotte was not rich and married a humble parson.

In spite of all these differences, there are also Ten Similarities  in our lives:

  1. We were both very short and thin.
  2. We were both born and bred in Yorkshire.
  3. We both lived in the 19th century.
  4. We both fell in love with married men.
  5. We both worked as teachers and governesses.
  6. We both spoke French fluently.
  7. We were both masterful writers.
  8. We both wrote with pen names, she used Currer Bell, and I wrote my autobiography as Charlotte Bronte.
  9. We were both concerned with women’s unjust place in the world and fought for gender equality. I must add that I did so more actively than she did.
  10. We were both religious, but not hypocrites. We truly believed in our faith and the teachings of the Bible.

I’d say, my life may have been a little harder than Charlotte’s for the first ten years, but after that, I was much more fortunate than poor Charlotte was, thanks to my stronger character and single-mindedness. It could also have been because I was an orphan and had no oppressive family to tie me down or repress me, and because the man I fell in love with became a widower, so unlike Charlotte I was able to marry him and be happy, at least for a time.

I hope I’ve made my point. Jane is not Charlotte.

We did not have the same childhood or upbringing, nor the exact same physical appearance, nor did we lead the same kind of life, or marry the same type of man.

I’m resilient, strong-willed and wealthy. I’m in charge of my life.

I am independent, I married the man I loved and had a son.

Charlotte hasn’t been completely forgotten, of course, yet. However, people are still writing about me, talking about me, and making films about me. Me.

I’m also an enigma. Nobody really knows what happened to me after I wrote my autobiography, ten years after I married (I may have exaggerated a little there, it may have been less than ten).

Someone imagined I built a house called Eyre Hall with the money my uncle left me, on the grounds where Thornfield Hall once stood, and wrote a sequel called The Eyre Hall Trilogy. It sounds like a good idea to me. What do you think?

Letter I #AtoZChallenge #JaneEyre’s First Person Narrator

This post is part of this year’s April Challenge to write a post a day. I’ve chosen to write about my greatest literary passion: Jane Eyre. Today it’s all about Jane Eyre is going to tell us about her use of ‘I’ or First Person Narrator. 

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Jane Eyre is my autobiography. It’s the true story about what happened to me from my childhood until I married Mr. Rochester, when I was nineteen.

I wrote my autobiography for you, Dear Reader because I wanted you, and only you, to know about my life from a first hand account. I have told you things I have never told anyone.

Only you know I was locked in the Red Room at my aunt’s house, only you know how I felt when I was introduced to Bertha Mason in Mr. Rochester’s attic, and only you know how I wondered and almost died on my way to Morton. We have many secrets, Dear Reader.

You know all about my first ten years at my Aunt Reed’s house, and everything that happened at Lowood. I did not lie, and I did not purposefully omit important details. I was honest and hard-working. I made few friends and no enemies. I learned a worthwhile profession and desired to move on and widen my horizons.

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When I arrived at Thornfield Hall, the lies started, Dear Reader. It was not my intention to lie to you, and I did not lie about my feelings, or what I saw and heard. However, I was lied to, and delivered those lies to you, unknowingly.

Mrs. Fairfax, Leah, and Grace Poole, told me there were no ghosts or other persons at Eyre Hall, when they knew that Mrs. Rochester, Bertha Mason, was living in the attic. I realize that now. Grace Poole took up her food, slept with her, and held the key to her room. Everyone at Thornfield Hall knew about her, except you and me, Dear Reader.

Edward lied to me by telling me he was unmarried, even inside the church where we were to be wed, in the vicar’s presence. He assured me there was no one in the attic, except Grace Poole. He also told me he wasn’t Adele’s father, and he led me to believe that he would marry Blanche Ingram. I was fooled and so were you, Dear Reader.

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Then, when I visited my aunt on her death bed, I also discovered she had lied by telling me that my father’s family were poor, and that my only relative, my Uncle, John Eyre, was dead. I later learnt that my uncle was wealthy and that I had three wonderful cousins.

When I left Thornfield, I was forced to lie myself. I gave the Rivers a false name and refused to tell them my real story, for fear of rejection. I told my cousins my name was Jane Elliott when no such person existed. On this occasion, I did not lie to you, Dear Reader. You knew exactly who I was.

You must forgive me for lying, Dear Reader. I lied because I was naïve, gullible and in love. I believed the things they all said to me, but they all lied, mercilessly, cruelly, for their own advantage. My aunt lied to hurt me, Mr. Rochester lied to seduce me, and the servants at Eyre Hall lied to protect their master, and preserve their salaries.

I forgave them all, Dear Reader.

I forgave my aunt on her deathbed: ‘you have my full and free forgiveness: ask now for God’s, and be at peace.’

After the bigamous marriage attempt, Edward asked me to forgive him: ‘Will you ever forgive me?’ He asked and I forgave him, too. ‘Reader, I forgave him at the moment and on the spot.’ I told you Dear Reader, because only you know my heart. ‘I forgave him all: yet not in words, not outwardly, only at my heart’s core.’

The lies are not yet over. My final lie to you Dear Reader, is a wish. I wish to be happily married to Edward forever, but I will never know if my wish came true.

Many warned me that he would return to his selfish ways, that he was too self-centered to be a good father and husband. Others were sure that I was too strong willed and independent to remain in a secluded old manor house, looking after a moody, sick, rich landowner for the rest of my days, while there was so much to be improved in our country, so many orphans to look after and children to teach.

One reader imagined I built a house with my uncle’s inheritance, where Thornfield Hall once stood and called it Eyre Hall in memory of my Uncle John Eyre. She imagined I looked after my ailing husband and his ward, Adele, as well as my son, John. I supported parish schools for orphans and poor children, maintained the church at Hay, invested in charities for poor families, and I was a fair and considerate employer. I managed the Rochester Estate, where tenants and farmers paid fair rents and had safe houses in which to live. This Dear Reader imagined there were more secrets at Thornfield Hall and Eyre Hall that I had not yet discovered, because there were more secrets at Eyre Hall. She also knew I was a passionate woman, so I may have encountered love once more.

If you enjoyed my autobiography, which is only for your eyes, Dear Reader, you already guessed that I would I write more novels for the general reading public. Jane Eyre was an author.

Dear Reader, is this what you imagined my life would be like twenty years after I married Mr. Rochester?

 

 

Help me Choose my Cover for Midsummer at Eyre Hall, Please!

Hi all!

I’ve been neglecting my blog and my flash fiction challenges lately, because I’ve been finishing my third novel, Midsummer at Eyre Hall, which is also the final instalment of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, which is due to be published on 21st June, Midsummer’s Day!

I’ve asked the person who designed the first two novels to design the third, and I’m afraid I’m confused. I don’t know which one I like. I don’t even know if I like any of them, and I was wondering if you could help me choose or change.

Just to let you know, the title refers to the final chapter where there is a reunion in summer at Eyre Hall. The novel has many dramatic moments, although the ending is mostly optimistic, but not for all the characters. I wanted to transmit tranquility and closure on a bright summer’s day.

Check out the covers for my first two novels on the right to compare.

I asked for a similar style using the same/similar model.

It’s the designer’s first suggestion, so there will be more based on my feedback.

Here are the initial covers:

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What do you think?

Thank you for your help!

Hope you have a great Easter break 🙂

Taking a Short Break to Finish ‘Twelfth Night At Eyre Hall’

I’m taking a one-month break from blogging, because I need to give Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall my exclusive attention.

I’ll be popping in to visit the blogs I follow, on Twitter, and on Facebook, occasionally.

In June I plan to carry on with my Blog Posts and taking part in my usual Weekly Challenges, but right now I need to make room in my cluttered mind for Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall.

See you again soon! Happy blogging:)

 

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Coming soon!

 

Meet the Main Character Blog Hop!

Blogger and writer Noelle Granger, has kindly invited me to participate in a Meet the Main Character blog hop. Noelle writes crime fiction with a wonderful main character called Rhe Brewster, a nurse who works as consultant with the Police Department on special cases. Check out her novel Death on a Red Canvas Chair.  I love the adventures of this modern-day, younger version of Miss Marple! Read my 5 star review.

Thank you so much for tagging me on Noelle, I’m overjoyed because I’ve been wanting to take part in this blog hop for ages, and I’ve finally been tagged!

Here are the answers to my main character in my debut novel, All Hallows at Eyre Hall,  which is Volume One of the Eyre Hall Trilogy.

1.  What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or historical?

My main character is Jane Eyre Rochester. She has been fictional for nearly two hundred years, so she’s almost a historical person, too!

2. When and where is the story set?

The story is set in 1865, in Eyre Hall, a country estate in Yorkshire, where Thornfield Hall once stood.

3. What should we know about her?

Jane was an orphan, a governess, and a teacher up to the age of twenty, when she married the older, wealthy and egocentric landowner, Edward Rochester. At the time of the novel, she is 42, and has become part of the Victorian landed gentry in Yorkshire, but she is still a passionate, caring, and socially conscious person. She will soon be running a large and profitable Estate, because her husband is on his deathbed.

Her twenty-two years as Mrs. Rochester have not been easy. I can’t say much more without introducing spoilers, and she’s about to find out many more scandalous and shocking secrets, which make the ‘madwoman in the attic’ seem like a storm in a teacup.

Jane is at an unexpected and turbulent turning-point in her life, and the decisions she is forced to make will have unpredictable consequences.

4.What makes her interesting?

At the HEA end of Jane Eyre, Jane was living an idyllic honeymoon life, which many readers guessed, was either a condescending lie, or a temporary truth.

Jane Eyre is no longer a naïve and poor, young orphan. The way in which Jane has developed over the last twenty-two years was a challenge to write, and I hope interesting to discover.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?

Jane’s main concern is her son’s well-being and future. She is prepared to use all her energy, time, resources, and influence, to protect him from knowledge of his father’s wrong-doings, and to further his political career, too. To a lesser degree, she is also concerned about her husband’s other wards, Adele and Annette. She has forgotten, for the moment, about her own needs and objectives.

6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

All Hallows at Eyre Hall is volume one of the Eyre Hall Trilogy, and is available on Amazon. Volume two, Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall, will be available in December, 2014. The final volume, Midsummer at Eyre Hall is due in summer, 2015.

8. Tap several more authors to highlight their books.

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to the following bloggers and writers:

Linda Townsdin author of the Spirit Lake Mysteries

Cyril Bussiere author of The WorldMight

Jo Robinson author of the Shadow People

Roberta Pearce author of A bird Without Wings

I’m looking forward to reading about their main characters, too!

Would you like to read All Hallows at Eyre Hall?

Dear followers and readers,

I’d like to let you know that if you’d like to read my novel, All Hallows at Eyre Hall, you only have to fill in the form below, and ask me. I’ll gladly gift it to you.

Why should I gift it?

Firstly, because you are my ‘virtual friends’, and I don’t want to take advantage of your friendship.

Secondly, because I hope you will like it, and help me get it noticed, by writing reviews and/or  just telling friends and followers that it’s worth reading.

You may be asking yourselves: Will I like it?

Reading a book which is not your ‘type’ is a torture, and I wouldn’t want to torture anyone, especially not my friends! The answer is quick and simple. Pop into Amazon.com and read the first chapter, it’s free in ‘look inside’. If you are drawn in, I assure you it gets better and better.

It’s a neo-Victorian novel which takes place in a gothic mansion (Eyre Hall) in a large country Estate in the north of England, with heroes, villains, lovers, plots, ghosts of the past and present, secrets, suspense, etc.

 

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In the future, whenever that may be __  I’m in no rush __ I’d like to write full-time, but in order to do so, I need to sell novels.

The selling part is not only to cover costs, I’m a one-woman show, and there are many expenses: cover design, formatting, proof-reading, editing, advertising, reading and writing materials, etc.

It’s also to affirm that I can write. I know I’m not unique in my insecurities, many writers feel the same way, especially when they have been repeatedly turned down by agents and publishers (I’ve only been turned down by three, because I stopped submitting my work).

The fact that great authors like Garcia Marquez, whose first novella, Leaf Storm, was initially rejected by a publisher and buried in a drawer, doesn’t console me, neither does the fact that there are many more successful authors who suffered similar rejections:

Steven King received many rejections for his first novel, Carrie, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected by a dozen publishers, too, and the list goes on…

It’s great being an independent/self-published author, because you are in complete control of the whole process, but it’s also exhausting, because there is so much to do that is not actually writing.

I don’t want to be a best-seller (at least that’s not number one on my to-do list!). I just want to do what I love, which is to continue writing the stories I need to tell __ and, of course, I’d like people to read them, too!

Whether you’d like to read my novel or not, I hope you’ll still enjoy my blog. I have lots of thoughts to share with you!