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Jane Eyre: Ghost Whisperer

(I'm a little behind in posting, but not reading. I'm closing in on the end of the book. I hope by the end of the week to have a few more posts up and be more or less caught up by the time I start the next book.)

I wasn't prepared for the amount of rather Gothic mystery in Jane Eyre.

Soon after her arrival at Thornfield Hall, Jane notices the strange woman Grace Poole with the odd laugh and mysterious duties.

Not long after Jane begins her budding relationship with man of the house Mr. Rochester, someone -- presumably Grace Poole -- sneaks into his room and lights his bedding on fire. (ON FIRE!) Jane's quick reaction saves his life, but he swears her to secrecy about the incident and claims to the rest of the household that he merely left a candle burning by his bedside.

These eerie incidents -- along with a much less believable (corny, even) encounter with an old psychic woman from the local village -- do add some spark to the narrative from time to time. Though not in any way a traditional ghost story, there are enough secrets and mystery in the novel to keep the pages turning...

...especially as we get to the seemingly endless and quite frankly numbing scenes between Jane and Mr. Rochester after they've admitted their mutual affections.  More to come on that in the next post....