This week I start book two on my Open University reading list, which is Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
I love this book. I’ve read it a few times before, and each time I like it even more. It’s the story of orphaned Jane, who is punished at the hands of her unfeeling aunt, and is oppressed by the harsh regime at Lowood School. She begins a new life as a governess for the mysterious Mr Rochester, but a devastating revelation threatens her happiness once again.
To get into the Bronte mood, Chris and I headed to West Yorkshire this weekend to the beautiful village of Haworth. We enjoyed afternoon tea to celebrate Chris’ birthday before heading out into the countryside on the Bronte Way. It’s the second time we’ve visited this summer. The first was to run the Full Bronte, a five-mile road race as part of the Yorkshire Veterans’ Championships. This time there was no running involved, but lots of walking and eating.
We visited the Bronte museum a few years ago in winter. I think it was February and I was getting into the Bronte spirit before teaching Wuthering Heights. There was snow on the ground, so it was a very different experience from today’s sunshine.