Jane Eyre was probably the first book I really fell in love with. I remember that I was in a Jane Eyre bubble for a couple of days. Even reading it on my IPod while I was cycling somewhere.
I love the way it is written, so many beautiful sentences and scenes. Vivid things like: “”Good-night my -” He stopped, bit his lip, and abruptly left me.” but also thoughtful things like: “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”
Another good thing about the book is that you learn to love Jane and slowly learn to love Mr. Rochester too – just as Jane does.
“Adele heard him, and asked if she was to go to school “sans mademoiselle?” “Yes,” he replied, “absolutely sans mademoiselle; for I am to take mademoiselle to the moon, and there I shall seek a cave in one of the white valleys among the volcano-tops, and mademoiselle shall live with me there, and only me.”
While I was in my bubble reading it for the first time I ended up making 3(!) paintings inspired by Jane Eyre. Looking back now, I realize this was my beginning of taking art seriously. I was surprised how well the paintings turned out and how they communicated what I wanted to say. And I so much enjoyed that I was able to put my thoughts and feelings on paper like this.