If I’m gonna be honest, I’m not sure I can explain any of this, and I’m exhausted. The last couple of days it’s been raining so hard we’ve all been trapped inside, and such a ridiculously large house has never felt so small… last night Rochester called me into his study. He hid the camera in the bookshelf across the table… It could have gone better.
Can we just… skip to the end of the book now? They can just TALK about all that happens between now and then, so we don’t have to deal with the fallout that’s going to happen. Let’s just skip to the happily-ever-after. ‘Kay?
This happened faster than I thought it would. After the last 2 or 3 episodes, I was expecting another week or two before Rochester admitted how much he loves Jane.
Rochester does love Jane. A lot. He doesn’t know it yet, but she is his goodness and soul. She is his reason for becoming a better person. Jane is the person who knocks him down when he gets too big for his britches, and has the straight pin ready when his ego has swelled his head too much.
In many ways, his behavior is more egregious than Darcy’s. Darcy plowed on, completely clueless to how Lizzie felt about him. Rochester knew exactly how Jane feels, and in the book, he toyed with her feelings, hoping to make her love him more, but not so much in this incarnation. Rochester seemed a bit unsure of how Jane would take his declarations. I love that they worked some of the lines from the book in to this episode. The line about, “inwardly bleeding,” is from the book, as well as the, “I am no bird.” It could have only been better if Jane had used, “obscure, plain, and little.”
Adam’s acting was a little stilted, but that is about how a man violently, but insecurely, in love behaves. The snuggling seemed a bit soon, but I read it as Jane giving in to everything she’s wanted to do for months.
This came as a surprise, even though I know the book, and knew it was coming. I expected a little more build-up. Still, a good episode that I’ve already watched twice. :D
I wasn’t expecting this to happen so soon, either … especially since I recently read someone from the team (sorry I can’t remember who!) saying that we’re only half-way through. That’s a lot of -SPOILER- episodes to deal with before we get to the happily-ever-after bit.
I loved this episode. A LOT. Yes, the relationship has tons of red flags and problematic elements … it’s supposed to. Neither one of them is really quite ready or emotionally well enough, I think. So yes, it was weird to both be rooting for them (go! kiss! be happy together, finally!) and feel super uncomfortable knowing that there’s still this power/age/employment imbalance, and Rochester is still being horribly emotionally damaged/manipulative/selfish.