Literate & Stylish: Katie from House of Humble

The premise of Literate & Stylish is simple, and the post is short but sweet- every Thursday I'll be showcasing a lovely lady and her favorite book. She'll share a few pretty photos showing off her personal style, along with her book of choice, and tell us why she loves it. 

from Katie of House of Humble

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre had been on my “to read” list for a very long time, before I finally picked it up last year. It always takes me a little while to adjust to the language in old literature, but the prose in Jane Eyre is so beautiful, I quickly found myself sinking into the lovely rhythm of the words. To summarise the plot very briefly, Jane Eyre is the biographical tale of Jane, from her childhood living with her wealthy aunt and cousins, to her education at Lowood School, to her time as the governess of Thornfield Hall (where she falls in love with her employer Mr Rochester) and beyond. The story is full of tragedy, suspense and creepy gothic imagery, and the romance between Jane and Mr Rochester is so captivating, it's almost impossible not to be drawn into Jane's world.

I think the reason this story resonated so strongly with me, was the strength of the main character. Jane Eyre makes a wonderful heroine. She is smart, strong, sassy and a little bit strange. Her life is full of abuse and hardship but instead of falling in a heap, she bravely marches on. She's intelligent and determined, with strong opinions, values and principals. She refuses to compromise on her convictions, and despite the influence and pressures of the patriarchal society around her, remains fiercely independent. Jane was a woman long ahead of her time.

The tale of Jane Eyre combines adventure, tragedy, romance and happy tears, with an intriguing leading lady at the helm. There is a very good reason this story has become a classic… If you haven't already read Jane Eyre, I urge you, go now!

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