How I enjoy multiple points of view!
“Bertha” of JANE EYRE has come alive once more to me in my preparing-to-teach re-reading of WIDE SARGASSO SEA. Jean Rhys has written Rochester’s wife differently and vividly from her first incarnation in Charlotte Bronte’s novel, through the woman’s own words and her relationships with other characters before and after England.
When “Bertha’s” wild passion diminishes for a time as a potion calms her sea-bound toward England, she says, “It isn’t like it seems to be.” The man who gave her the drug replies, “I know. It never is.”
How do we know “seems” and “is”? What would Hamlet say?
This is what happens when I read and write. Characters change into people for me. How about you?