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Monday, October 09, 2006

Monsieur de Rochester est un Vrai Menteur!

Yes, episode three brought back the snark, yo.

Carriage Scene! Yay! This is truly my favourite part of the novel, and this is the only time it has been adapted for film. It's lovely, but the best part of the scene is the dialogue, which was replaced of course. But it's still very nice. You should know that I'm calling Mr Rochester 'Ned' because that is his nickname with we of the League of the Extraordinarily Rochester Obsessed (that and 'Rochy'). And the Latin? I'm a Classicist, and I did actually figure out what his name would be in Latin (thanks also to a ph.d friend of mine studying the early moderns *tips bonnet*).



Ned: "You're not coming. Get out."
Jane: Yes, he can't come without his bonnet. It would be absurd!

Now, watch carefully the subtle and unique courting ritual of the rare Eduardus Rocastrum in his natural habitat. The Eduardus exhibits a peculiar fascination with hands, especially those of elfin governesses. Let us watch as he attempts to make contact...





Oh, bad luck there. She has shaken of his advance. But he will try again.



What will the fellow do now, met with a definative negative vocalisation as well as physical reprof (she said 'no' and pushed his hand away)? He's trying again! Plucky boy!



*SLAP!*





Ah, the Janet has used a very clever ploy there. A girl-child as a deterrent to the amor of the Eduardus. However, she has not counted on the call of the Eduardus- his 'badinage.' No one can resist.



See?

25 comments:

Liz said...

Hahaha! But you didn't mention Rochester's seemingly limitless supply of coaches and Eshton's 'take notes, this become important later' moment. ;-)

So did you like it? I was tickled by the fact that the one really canonic moment was bloody Eliza's rant to Georgiana! Still, it was unexpected and that is nice.

For the rest, conscience has turned tyrant, and I feel completely unable to judge the episode on anything like a cerebral level. Ah well, the more I watch it, the more I will becoming inured to the shocking pandering to one's baser nature. ;-)

Brontëana said...

Oh, there was a lot to snark about to be sure (I even have one screencap of 'I have lazy eye, Jane. You still love me, don't you? Of course you do!').

I liked it. I didn't like it as much as the second episode. I am not being swept away by the tidal wave of hormones flooding the internet- I thought the passion was a bit flat during the actual proposal. It seemed a bit rushed too. Pity! I did like the Jamaican flashback even if they once again pushed him nearer to the rake 'my prediliction for dark women' is the line, or something like it? I was disappointed with Bertha as well. She made me laugh... One should not laugh at Bertha.

mysticgypsy said...

Where is Adele in the midst of all this? She appears to have gone to the wedding?

Brontëana said...

No, she is left behind at the wedding. Jane insists that this wedding coach be turned back so they go in his regular coach to Millcote. Adele helps him pick out jewlery for her- she's the one who decides on the pearls (which is a nice touch).

S. said...

LOL! Liked the latin connotations :)

I've also enjoyed less this episode than the previous one; but it's hard to say why. I did not see much of the passion from Bronte's book in here (unlike in episode 2); there was something missing, especially in the proposal scene! Why is Jane looking to the right when she delivers her lines about poor, plain,...? And why is Rochester looking to the audience as if for approval after his line "Don't struggle so"?

I really hope episode 4 will come with some better and more detailed explanations; I am not convinced anymore of Mr R love for Jane, based on this script. Did he choose her over Blanche because she was "dark" haired? Or because she can receive his orders "quietly" and "gravely"?
Or simply because he pines lustfully for her "innocence"?

pennyforyourdreams said...

Ha, the carriage scene, it's my favourite, I like the bit where he says: "you're not coming!" and you're not sure whether it's Pilot or Adele he's talking to as they're both in the carriage. Mm, going shopping with Pilot, sounds interesting...

mysticgypsy said...

My goodness! Where is Rochester's glance directed at in the first picture of the carriage scene? :P

kayxyz said...

What carriage scene in the novel?

Brontëana said...

to S:

Eduardus, -us fourth declension. I have a friend who writes children's stories; she found the dative and ablative plurals hilarious: Eduardibus.

I remember her words exactly:

"Come, Jane! All is prepared!" *transforms into a bus*

You make a good point. Overall, I don't trust this Rochester very much. I find him less sympathetic. It isn't clear why they love eachother aside from the fact that he's obviously handsome. I was thinking about this today: how it could be seen as Rochester finding out that Jane is friendless, and so he plays on that to get her to be his mistress. I also dislike how fixated he seems on his money. Rochester was always very ironic about his wealth.

Brontëana said...

to penny:

Pilot should get a BAFTA. ;)

Brontëana said...

to mysticgypsy:

Well, my first instinct is to chide you but considering THIS particular Rochester (who is far more than minxy) I really can't say. Let's hope he's just trying to get her to look at him- as in the book.

Brontëana said...

to kayxyz:

During the engagement, when Rochester takes Jane shopping.

kayxyz said...

Rochester, i suppose the "chester" part comes from castra, which is Latin for camp. kay<---who remembers Lancastar from an early morning French lecture.

kayxyz said...

Ro-caster could have solved his problems if he'd hired au pair, and I mean two governesses. Plus Jude Law and I thank you for the shopping reference. I'll shop around to see if I can find the novel.

Brontëana said...

to kayxyz:

It does indeed, although castrum is the singular of castra, I believe.

ChrisV said...

I just watched it. It was good but I agree that the pacing of the proposal scene was too quick. Where was the chemistry from ep. 2? I wished that they used more of the original dialog.

I do believe that he was only speaking to Adele about the shopping trip. Poor Pilot was just in the way and so was left behind instead.

I always think that the month between proposal and wedding is way too quick. And now all is sad and so am I. Such cruelty. Do you really think that all we will get of Rochester and Jane prior to her leaving is a couple of knocks on the door and a few unconvincing sentences outside of her room? What of the passionate outbursts, the soul searching, the desperate pleas??

watty08 said...

I loved the scene as well. I found the "you get out bit" with either Pilot or Adele very funny cause I thought he was talkiing to the dog and then I saw the girl. HA! Yea I think Episode 2 was the strongest thus far of course I always find this part of the book frusturating cause I just want them to be happy and the wedding thing happens.
BTW, I am new to Bronteana but I have to say I absolutely adore it. Thanks for the lovely Bronte site.

kayxyz said...

Answer to "what is Rochester looking at:" Probably checking to see Jaguar or Mercedes Benz made the carriage upholstery and whether it meets his exacting standards. Nothing is too good for an English landowner. He'll outsource the making of his riding crops to the lucky supplier.

*Rosie* said...

Just wondering...a review on the BBC website claims, "In episode 3 (following Rochester's proposal to Jane) a shopping trip to town is planned. A long shot shows the carriage trundling cross-country towards the camera, and on the left in the far distance can clearly be seen .... a car! Driving from left to right of the screen." I can't see this, but has anyone else? It would be rather worrying...

OneCanDream said...

just have to say that i loved this episode loved the bit where they are kissing and he says goodnight my darling that made me melt

think toby and ruth are wonderful and cannot wait till sunday

this site is ace keep it going

Eria said...

To Rosie:

Yes, the car is there; barely visible, but still :) It looked like a truck to me (white color)

Mags said...

HA! Snarkus grandilicious, indeed!

(NOT a classicist, as you can see.)

Can't wait to see this! I think it will be on here next year.

Demoiselle Rose said...

I'm French, so excuse my not very good english. I'm 24, and I love "Jane Eyre" since I was 11. I have seen this week the three episodes (thank you Bitcomet, because we haven't BBC1 in France).
I like this version very much, although I'm disappointed that the dialogues have been changed. I find Rochester a little too small and too young in front of Jane, but I find their relationship beautiful.
For my part, the third episode is my favourite. I'm just disappointed that the proposal scene does'nt take place at night like in the book, because darkness is an important element part of the novel. And like Brontëana, I find the love scene not enough passionate. But I love the carriage scene, and the end of the episode. When Jane take off her wedding dress, there is a zoom on her skin. This scene is filmed exactly like a wedding night, with a close-up of her body. But Rochester is on the other side of the door... I find it very touching. But I fear there would no confrontation between Jane and Rochester... I'm very impatient to see the end !

kayxyz said...

Our Ruth can always pull a Toby, show her naked bum if she needs to.

lessa said...

hehe. that was funny. =D it's so much fun to spend sembreak on everything I missed. =D i was rather shocked when Bertha swore in Tagalog. Ehehe. Then I remembered our language has spanish roots. i havent watched the entire thing though.