Hello, thank you for dropping in. It has been very cold here this week, not warmer than three degrees (oo-ooh, aa-aah, precious moments, as we sing in our house), not bright, sparkling, makes-you-smile cold but dull, murky, seeps-into-your-bones-and-makes-you-miserable cold, the kind of cold which slows me right down almost to the point of torpor. Today the sun is shining which ordinarily would make me feel much more cheerful but in fact, today I am grumpy, VERY grumpy.
Earlier this month I found a second-hand copy of Jane Eyre in an online charity shop and I bought it. I read a school copy of Jane Eyre when I was fourteen and last year I decided that I wanted to read it again as, being very familiar with the novels of Emily and Anne Bronte - which is no great accomplishment as there are only three of them - I felt uncomfortable about leaving Charlotte out and apart from that, Jane Eyre is a great novel with which any woman who considers herself to be "a reader" should be familiar. I was truly tempted to buy a new copy, especially as The Crow Emporium published a beautiful, illustrated volume last year, but in the end I followed my instincts and bought this copy instead. It is a hardback, in good condition, lovely to hold in the hand and older than I am, and I polished my metaphorical halo at the thought that I had acted sustainably and supported a charity to the modest tune of £7. I am enjoying reading it very much and yesterday I reached page 204.
An idea popped into my head yesterday afternoon: a couple of years ago my sister bought me a book written by Jennifer Barclay called "A Literary Feast, Recipes inspired by novels, poems and plays" and I thought it might be fun to marry up my novel with the appropriate recipe. I turned to page 179 and found a passage in which Jane is served seed cake by Miss Temple, the superintendent at Lowood School. Hmm. Jane had left Lowood on page 70 of my edition and I did not recognise this passage. I had a look online and discovered many references to the incident, which occurs in Chapter 8. I scanned through Chapter 8 and there was no seed cake. This morning I have reread the whole chapter and there is DEFINITELY NO SEED CAKE. I have reached the conclusion that my edition is abridged, although that is not stated anywhere, and I am mightily disappointed. I am a serious reader with a very rusty A Level in English Literature and I do not want to read an abridged version of Jane Eyre, I want to read exactly what Charlotte Bronte wrote. Harrumph. Have I made it clear enough that I am VERY grumpy?
I shall carry on reading the book because I am enjoying it (and because I never leave a book unfinished) but I think that I shall have to buy another copy.
Mrs Tiggywinkle x