Jane EyreDVD - 2006
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Jane Eyre: You think because I am poor, plain, obscure and little, that I have no heart?
Rochester: I offer you my hand, my heart. Jane, I ask you to pass through life at my side. You are my equal and my likeness. Will you marry me?
Jane Eyre: Are you mocking me?
Rochester: You doubt me.
Jane Eyre: Entirely.
Am I a machine with out feelings? Do you think that because I am poor, plain, obscure, and little that I am souless and heartless? I have as much soul as you and full as much heart. And if God had possessed me with beauty and wealth, I could make it as hard for you to leave me as I to leave you... I'm not speaking to you through mortal flesh. It is my spirit that addresses your spirit, as it passes throguh the grave and stood at God's feet equal. As we are.
Rochester: "Were you happy when you painted these?" Jane Eyre: "Yes. To paint is one of the keenest pleasures I have ever known." Rochester: "Then your pleasures have been few. Are you satisfied with them?" Jane Eyre: "Far from it. I imagine things I'm powerless to execute."
Rochester: "Do you never laugh, Miss Eyre? Only rarely, perhaps. But you're not naturally austere, any more than I'm naturally vicious. I can see in you the glance of a curious sort of bird through the close-set bars of a cage, a vivid, restless, captive. Were it but free, it would soar, cloud high."
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Jane Eyre, orphaned and mistreated as a girl, goes to Thornfield Hall as a governess to Mr. Rochester's ward. While there, Jane falls in love with Mr. Rochester, unaware that he is hiding a dark secret. It will take all her courage to get through the trials ahead.
Very creditable job of actually following the book. Toby Stephens is the yummiest Rochester ever. Well acted, though Adele is more irritating than charming -- fortunately, her appearances are rare and brief. And for once, Jane is, as described by Charlotte Bronte, plain and small.
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