Speed-Reading Jane Eyre
My first literature class of college requires me to read a book a week: four days to read it before lecture, a day of rest, and then discussion of said book.
First week I read Manon Lescaut in two nights - it was a fast read and doable enough. But Jane Eyre is a fat book that I started much too late with lots to think about so it saddens me that I can’t stop to marinate on these characters; I don’t have time to read in context; I can’t afford to make interesting connections because god damnit I have to write a paper (albeit short one) on this book by Thursday and I have a solid 100 pages left. Things are just getting interesting…
Also there are 19 white girls in my my discussion group of 24 people. I hope we do not neglect my favorite character, St. John, like we did with Tiberge in Manon Lescautt, as this group tends to talk almost exclusively about our beloved female protagonists.