The glamour of Thornfield Hall in Bronte’s “Jane Eyre”

Gutenberg edition

Going to the Gutenberg edition, I went straight to the descriptions of Thornfield Hall, and look what I found:

“Traversing the long and matted gallery, I descended the slippery steps of oak; then I gained the hall: I halted there a minute; I looked at some pictures on the walls (one, I remember, represented a grim man in a cuirass, and one a lady with powdered hair and a pearl necklace), at a bronze lamp pendent from the ceiling, at a great clock whose case was of oak curiously carved, and ebon black with time and rubbing.  Everything appeared very stately and imposing to me; but then I was so little accustomed to grandeur.  The hall-door, which was half of glass, stood open; I stepped over the threshold.”

I wonder if the Rochesters owned a Joshua Reynolds portrait.

Also, check out this interesting passage:

In the book, Rochester comments on Eyre’s innocence with some art that he owns:

“How do you know?—you never tried it.  How very serious—how very solemn you look: and you are as ignorant of the matter as this cameo head” (taking one from the mantelpiece).  “You have no right to preach to me, you neophyte, that have not passed the porch of life, and are absolutely unacquainted with its mysteries.”

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