yes she said yes i will yes

I only have two things to say right now, and this is what they are:

The first thing is that Melissa Averinos is the best friend ever, well, for a whole host of reasons, really, but at this moment also because she of all people knew that all I really wanted for Christmas was a set of bright white handkerchiefs, beautifully embroidered in the corner with the initials of Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester.

That's "Edward Fairfax Rochester" to you.

I mean really. How great is that?

Suitable, naturally, for sobbing into, while standing under a very large tree near Thornfield, just before one of the best proposal scenes ever.

The second thing is that you should go see The King’s Speech.

Now.

Repeatedly.

With ever-increasing intensity.

Oh.

Yes.

That.

…yeah, that’s about as much of a cogent review as you’re going to get out of me, I’m afraid. I just don’t have it in me tonight, not after watching that movie and then instantly wanting to watch it again. If it were a book, I already would have read it twice.

And besides, I’ve got another 3,000 words to write tonight.

Just go.

Jane Eyre Looks Good in Red

So in the 2006 version of Jane Eyre, there is a whole lot of use of the color red.

I’m pretty sure I don’t have to spell out what the significance of the “red” trope is, considering that we see it in a number of telling places, including (but not limited to) (1) around Jane’s neck after she falls in love with Rochester, (2) streaming out the window of the third floor of the north tower, and (3) swaddling the young Jane Eyre as she enjoys her imaginative travels through her “escape book.”

Unbridled passion; primal animal instinct; the true self unbound by conventions of society — we could argue about what it all means. And believe me, I would relish a good, meaty conversation about the symbolism of the color red in Jane Eyre. I actually love That Sort Of Thing.

But tonight I am hungry, and need to take a shower before I go out for dinner with Melissa, and then repair to her abode for another viewing of that delightful film that so obsesses us.

So instead I will just show you some pictures of the red neck tie — based on the one Ruth Wilson wears in the movie — that I knitted up last weekend while watching. It’s a little rough, but it was just for fun, and let’s be honest, I was more than a little distracted at times.

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If you’re interested in getting the pattern from me, let me know in the comments! It is a little bit of a tricksy construction, with a fair bit of hocus pocus going on where the two ends meet in front, and I’d be happy to share if there’s any interest.

Right now, though, my unbridled passion (THE BEAST WITHIN) is focused solely on the dinner that awaits me.

And, of course, the dark, intoxicating hours beyond.

The Official 2010 Bronte-Along

jane eyre - coverJoin us.

Melissa and I are still neck-deep in our Jane Eyre obsession (for me it is a rekindled passion, for Melissa it is new and FRESH) and we are moved by purely altrustic purposes to invite you to share our joy.

Join us in an unabashed and self-indulgent Bronte-Along, as we swoon in unison over Mr. Rochester’s bigamist charms.

In Melissa’s own words:

Required: Watch the 2006 Masterpiece Theatre film version of Jane Eyre

Encouraged: Read the book by Charlotte Bronte

As if you could help it: SWOON

Hoped for and encouraged: blog, tweet facebook about it if you are into it. Basically, I just want others to swoon with :o)

Would be awesome: Craft, paint, visual journal, etc about it! I have been so inspired to paint the characters and research the dress of the times etc, that you might be similarly swept up. If so, I would love to see your work!

Anything else? Suggestions welcome! I will compile a complete list of interested parties so we can visit everyone’s blogs and see what everyone is up to! And suggestions for requirements or encouragements will be added to an official post stating it all. I mean an unofficial post. Yeah.

The bottom line is that I am just so utterly in love with the story that I want others to share it with!

xo,

melissa

It is my secret hope that we can expand the theme, make it a true tour of the glories of the Sisters Bronte, and move on from Jane Eyre to Wuthering Heights, to enjoy Heathcliff’s sullen and vengeful brooding… and perhaps end the trip in a prolonged visit to Wildfell Hall to complete the cycle.

For although I love Jane Austen dearly, I often feel like the Bronte sisters get the short end of the stick. All this Darcying about and Colonel-Brandoning it up is quite well and good, but sometimes a girl just wants some dark and brooding moorland action to soothe her soul.

Am I wrong?

Of course I am not.

Join us.

Jane Eyre - If you must leave me

You cannot resist. Confess it.