Originally Posted by Oriole
When I was little, I could never truly grasp how she could leave him.
I wouldn't have the strength, I'd stay with my Mr. Rochester. Anyone else?
Yes! I read the book as a teen in high school and you know how you feel back then. His impassioned plea to Jane to stay with him and go away to another part of Europe was so moving. I was so mad at her for leaving him in the dead of the night and then not taking any of the jewels with her.
I blamed her for the destruction of his eyesight and his home. So what if he had a mad wife in the attic? She was mad and she was in the attic. That was good enough for me to have stayed with Mr. Rochester.
Of course now being an ahem..older woman.. I realize she had to leave him for he would have lost all respect for her had she become his mistress.