Wednesday, June 1, 2011
+ my mind isn't quite ready to leave the story of Jane Eyre. Bronte's novel has secured it's place as my favorite work of fiction. I finished the book yesterday morning, and then watched all four hours of the BBC adaptation last night. Pretty much the best story ever.
And as I read, I understood why so many people love Jane. She is surely a heroine. Her strength is in her faith, in her ability to forgive, in her commitment to be true to her beliefs, and in her self-respect. One of my favorite lines from the book, which was also highlighted in a recent talk given at the General Young Women's meeting is this:
“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. I will keep the law given by God. … Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this. … If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth? They have a worth—so I have always believed. … Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations, are all I have at this hour to stand by: there I plant my foot.”
The more I think about the lessons in this story, the more I treasure it.
I'm ready to pick it back up and start again.
P.S. The new June Mix will be up and streaming tomorrow. Stay tuned!