Another truly winter Wednesday here, cold, wet and windy – but I think we need a few more such days before the end of the season just to make sure we really appreciate the Spring. I spent this morning in pure indulgence going to see Jane Eyre at a babes in arms movie session. This week I am toddler-free and while I love the time I spend with Miss Two, having a break every now and again is a necessity. So after packing her off with my parents for some time in the country I started to think about the things I would like to do but don’t or can’t with a toddler in tow. Top of my list was catching a movie, just me and bub being absorbed into the world of Charlotte Bronte.
The world she created strangely mirrored the day outside, cold, windy and grey. This latest adaptation of her most well known novel was beautiful, yet captured her dark, somewhat depressing feel. The tragic romance between Jane and Mr Rochester is stunningly retold against a backdrop of a harsh and barren landscape. Though as with every winter, spring eventually comes and the sun brings warmth and life to the earth. I would usually say that I enjoyed the book far more than the movie, but this was truly loyal to Bronte’s work.
Now the question is are you in Mr Rochester’s camp or Mr Darcy’s camp – can you be both? This afternoon I intend to continue my literary indulgence by putting on the brilliant BBC series Pride and Prejudice while I bake up a storm (I know this one so well I can multi task and still take it all in). I have had a love affair with Austen for a very long time and have lost count of how many times I’ve read or watched Pride and Prejudice – her greatest achievement in my opinion, though I love them all. Mr Rochester has it all over Mr Darcy in terms of the passionate proposal, but then Mr Rochester wasn’t, at the time, free to offer his hand at all. Mr Darcy thankfully redeems himself fully of his initial arrogance. Though no matter how charming and gorgeous the men are, it is the women in both Austen’s and Bronte’s novels that I am drawn to. Women who reclaim their own lives in times when this was seemingly impossible. Women who show strength of mind, determination and independence in a world solely designed for the benefit of men.
What better way to spend a winter’s afternoon than in the company of Lizzie Bennett and chocolate cake?
Once again linking up with Hazel, check out her blog for other winter ideas.