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Before I publish my review of the 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre, I’d thought I’d look into the art history found in Charlotte Brontë’s book. I’ve read it before, so I skimmed through the Gutenberg version to see if I missed out on anything.
And wow, I did miss something. This passage revolves around Rochester’s past affairs:
“He then said that she was the daughter of a French opera-dancer, Céline Varens, towards whom he had once cherished what he called a “grande passion.” This passion Céline had professed to return with even superior ardour. He thought himself her idol, ugly as he was: he believed, as he said, that she preferred his “taille d’athlète” to the elegance of the Apollo Belvidere.”