I started reading Jane Eyre again and it struck me that in the first part, where she tells her story as a 10-year old girl, that the maturity displayed by the character in her depiction of her surroundings and of the people she encounters is beyond her years. The tone of the narrative voice hardly changes when we meet her again as an eighteen year-old who is ready to leave the Lowood Institution and who gets a position as a governess.
She does sound very much like a child in the severity of the judgment she casts on others and the impulsiveness of her reactions and rages. However, she uses an incredible amount of detail to describe her aunt and cousins, the maids at her aunt’s house, Brockelhurst who runs Lowood, as well as the teachers there. She also relates or contrasts their appearance to their character and seems to notice all this at a glance.
The way in which she adapts to her new circumstances shows an incredible resilience to change and a strong will to make the best of the chances she is given.
I am greatly enjoying rereading this book and I nearly missed getting out at the right metro station at least three times this week because I was totally engrossed in the book.