And they all lived happily ever after :-)
Isn't it interesting that St. John Rivers gets the last word? He writes a last, dying letter to Jane, and his final words are what Jane leaves us with. I'm not sure what to make of that -- there's probably something profound in the fact that here, at the end, she and St. John are of one accord, but if there is, I'm missing it.
But anyway, we've finished the book :-) Jane and Rochester are married, happy together, happy being parents of at least one child, and there we leave them. I do find it interesting that the most famous line in this book is "Reader, I married him" (p. 520). Not "he married me" or "we married," but "I married him." The perfect phrasing for strong, independent, glorious Jane, isn't it? This was her decision, her choice, her will. She makes it clear that it was equally Rochester's, but he did not make this decision for her, he did not exercise his will over hers. Theirs is a marriage of equals, which it would not have been if they'd married when they originally intended to. Now, they can be happy, because now they are free and equal.
Thank you for reading this book with me! It's been a rather protracted read-along, but I hope you've enjoyed it even at this leisurely pace. I know I have.
Time for a giveaway! You can enter it here :-)
I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth (p. 522).
I am my husband's life as fully as he is mine (p. 522).