Thursday’s Special: Breaking Free

Jane Eyre

In 1847 using the pen name of Currer Bell, Charlotte Brontë published one of the most influential novels in English literature which she entitled Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. It is an important book about growing up i.e. a “Bildungsroman”, but also a Gothic novel, a romance and a social commentary. It is a novel that many consider to be ahead of its time given Brontë’s views on classism, sexuality, and proto-feminism.

You have probably read it, or seen some of its several film adaptations. This post features a score from the most recent Jane Eyre movie, and a photo of my Jane Eyre doll. Please find one of the excerpts from the novel in the text bellow the photo.


Jane: " ... to gain some real affection from you, I would willingly submit to have the bone of my arm broken, or to let a bull toss me, or to stand behind a kicking horse, and let it dash its hoof at my chest”

Jane: ” to gain some real affection from you, I would willingly submit to have the bone of my arm broken, or to let a bull toss me, or to stand behind a kicking horse, and let it dash its hoof at my chest”

10-year old Jane was brought before the master of Lowood school, Mr Brocklehurst. This is the conversation they had:

“There is no sight so sad as that of a naughty child, especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death, Jane?”

“They go to hell,”

“And what is hell? Can you tell me that?”

“A pit full of fire.”

“And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?”

“No, sir.”

“What must you do to avoid it?”

“I must keep in good health, and not die.”


**About Thursday’s Special: It is a ‘non-challenge’ challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled “Thursday’s Special: (your theme/title)” (as explained in my Thursday’s Special introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday’s Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. If you like Thursday’s Special widget, feel free to grab it and post it on your blog.


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61 Comments on “Thursday’s Special: Breaking Free

  1. I do not want to go top the fiery pit either! It’s been so long since I read Jane Eyre. Maybe it’s time again !


  2. Belle poupée ! Joli choix musical aussi… J’ai adoré le roman. As-tu vu l’adaptation au cinéma avec l’actrice française Charlotte Gainsbourg ?


  3. Beautiful, too beautiful, Paula! I love the story, book, and the new version of the film…
    Love this post!


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  5. I think this was one of my favorite books when I was in school. I just got Netflix; I’ll have to see if they have the new version of the movie.


    • Thank you very much CG :). I love your take on the theme 😀 Is it another graffiti from Tel Aviv? I look forward to your comment, so far nobody commented on the actual photo as there is so much going on in this post 😀


      • I think no one has commented on your photograph because it does not draw attention to itself. The lighting is subtle and the focus is perfect. You did not over edit- if you actually did any. I think we should strive more for perfecting the basics, like you have, rather than over processing to save a humdrum shot- like I often do!


        • You have made me smile with content, Emilio. It has been editted some 😉 – just a touch. In the meantime the Cardinal and Jeff have reviewed the photo. The three of you have made me very happy. THANK YOU 🙂 I love your contribution to TS 🙂


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  7. Most admit that I never have read the book, but I saw the movie (with Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre) a few years ago – by the way a beautiful doll of yours… 🙂


  8. I never understood why people have the urge to scare children with made up stories about heaven and hell. The concept of hell comes from a translation of Gehinnom (Gehenna) – a place where some idiots used to sacrificed their children by fire.
    As a result, the valley was turned into a garbage dump that was constantly kept burning to prevent the spreading of diseases. Also the bodies of criminals were thrown into the fire.

    Why the fuck would someone transport a dead child from Lowood school to Gehinnom to throw them into a fire on a garbage dump?
    A grown man must have a perverted, psychotic mind to try to scare a child with fantasies like that.

    I like the penis/religion comparison:

    “Religion is like a penis. It’s fine to have one and it’s fine to be proud of it, but please don’t whip it out in public and start waving it around… and please don’t try to shove it down my child’s throat.”

    I like your photo of Jane Eyre. The soft, diffuse background, makes the viewer focus on the doll. Your lightning is also very good in this image, the dark shadow on the right side creates a good balance with the rule of thirds.


    • I won’t exagerate if I say that you have made my day with this comment 🙂 And I really appreciate your review of the photo – I also thought that the dark shadow worked well ;). Max that quote about penis/religion is great 😀 We have a quote about penis and work in Croatian – it does not translate well into English, but here it goes: Work is not a penis so that it can’t stand up waiting for a day or two… 😉


    • P.S. And thank you for sharing with us your views on hell and Gehenna. I hope people will get to read your comment. Kyss


  9. I haven’t read the book, but I do like your photo. To second the Cardinals comments, your use of light and shadow is brilliant.

    I’ve also never heard the “Religion/penis” quote before, but it pretty much sums up how I feel about it. Sadly, there are far too many in this world that feel they have the right to not only “whip it out,” but also to try and shove it down our throats in order to get us to conform to their beliefs.


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  15. A beautiful photo, Paula. I’d forgotten that scene. I chuckled to remember. That’s reminiscent of the stuff I actually said as a child. Oh, dear. And, I’m afraid I’m still saying… I loved this post.


  16. I’m beginning to think that you (and your lovely collection of dolls) are ahead of your time, Paula. 🙂 Certainly always interesting.


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