Jane Eyre


Brontë’s Style

The following are excerpts from Jane Eyre. Try to articulate precisely what is peculiar about Brontë’s style. How would New Critics interpret the relevance of this style to “the work itself”: Jane Eyre?”Me, she had dispensed from joining the group” (39).

“The two ships becalmed on a torpid sea, I believed to be marine phantoms” (40).

“. . . never was I happy in her presence” (65).

“Not without cause was this sentiment” (69).

“Willingly would I now have gone and asked Mrs. Reed¹s pardon” (70).

“Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time” (70).

“Raw and chill was the winter morning” (73).

“Thus relieved of a grievous load, I from that hour set to work” (106).

“. . . the nights and mornings no longer by their Canadian temperature froze the very blood in our veins” (107).

“Merry days were these at Thornfield hall.”

“Wild was the wrestle which should be paramount. . . .”

“. . . wait two minutes till I get into some dry garments, if any dry there be” (180).

“beyond the verge of provocation I never ventured; on the extreme brink I liked well to try my skill” (187).

“Donna Bianca, if you command it, I will be” (207).

“Glad was I to get him out of the silk warehouse” (297).

“It was not without a certain wild pleasure I ran before the wind” (304).

“. . . no speck of the dirt, no trace of the disorder I so hated, and which seemed so to degrade me, left” (366).

“Happy at Moor House I was, and hard I worked” (417).