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Jane Eyre - a small, plain-faced, intelligent and honest English orphan - is abused by her aunt and cousins as a child; acquires role models during her education at Lowood Academy; becomes the governess of Thornfield Manor, where she falls in love with her Byronic employer, Edward Rochester; spends time with the Rivers family at Marsh's End and Morton, where cousin St John Rivers proposes to her; and is finally reunited with and marries her beloved Rochester at his house of Ferndean.
Author Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) was born at Thornton, Yorkshire, to an Irish Anglican clergyman and his wife, Maria Branwell. When Charlotte was four, the family moved to the famed Parsonage at Haworth, which was to prove so influential in her and her siblings' writing.
A year later, in 1921, her mother died of cancer, leaving five girls and a boy to be brought up by her sister, Elizabeth - 'Aunt Branwell'. She was the eldest of the three famous Bronte sisters, whose novels have become standards of English literature.
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By hugh hungerford on 09-19-17
A beautifully read classic
Emily woof is the perfect narrator having a young woman's voice appropriate to that of Jane Eyre in her late teens and early 20's . What more can be said about the story line and the characters after almost 2 centuries of comment and discussion. Ive finally read one of the classics as an older man and it's lived up to its mythic status . I hope younger readers and listeners will have the perseverance to read or listen to this book Written at a time when people had much more time to relax and enjoy reading.