I muddled through Jane Eyre as a teenager, but have recently been voraciously consuming it again and again. I never could get all the way through Wuthering Heights, but was able to conquer it yesterday thanks to a nasty cold. I started in the morning and finished by late afternoon, leaving plenty of time to download and watch two of the most recent movie adaptations.
Only I don't feel as though I've conquered it so much as was finally able to appreciate it. I didn't want it to end! I've devoured everything by Jane Austen of course, but considered Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights as a slightly higher accomplishment, since I had such a difficult time enjoying them when I was younger. But now I wonder, what else is out there?
For weeks now, I've had passages from the Bronte sisters stuck in my head like lyrics to a new song. The manner of writing and cadence of speech from that time period are like an entirely new language to me, one that I've grown used to and crave more of, like a catchy rhythm.
"You said I killed you - haunt me, then! ... Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!"
Sigh. So beautiful. So what should I try next? I'd love to hear your favorites!