'Such a strange book! Imagine a novel with a little swarthy
governess for heroine, and a middle-aged ruffian for hero.'
Sharpe's London Magazine (June 1855) Jane Eyre is an orphan grown
up under the harsh regime first of her aunt and then as a pupil at
Lowood Institution. She leaves to become a governess to the
daughter of the mysterious Mr Rochester; gradually their
relationship deepens, but Jane's passionate nature has yet to
endure its deepest blows. In this new edition Sally Shuttleworth
explores the power of a narrative that questions the rights of
women, the nature of servitude and madness, martyrdom and rebellion
in a story whose emotional charge is a strong today as it was more
than 150 years ago.