Spirit of Jane Eyre

ragman

Mill Isle, Ireland

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Spirit of Jane Eyre

_*Charlotte Bronte speaks of the quiet evening hours, when she sat alone in her room after a long day of work. And in this quiet hour she invites the moonbeam to come sit with her and keep her company.

One can only imagine the lonely evenings Charlotte Bronte spent when away from her beloved sisters, sitting in a cold schoolroom where she worked as a teacher

I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, or even of mortal flesh — it is my spirit that addresses your spirit."

Katie Peterson read Jane Eyre’s words in Edith Wharton’s drawing room last week. She explained how gloriously difficult Jane can be — “difficult” because she will not bow to pressure whe she sees clearly — “difficult” because she looks people in the eye.

Jane is direct and ardent. Her look, her spirit addressing spirit, has the immediacy of a face in “Eye to Eye” at the Clark Art Institute.

When I walked through the exhibit — it’s open through Sunday — one woman brought me up standing. She is called only “head and shoulders of a woman,” artist unknown.

She looks slightly sideways, as though you have just called her and she has turned back to answer.

Portraits can have the look of class pictures: The painter is on commission, and the subject, in lace ruff and parrot, looks stiff with waiting or with custom and conventionalities.

But this woman looks with attenition and humor. The spirit behind her brown eyes touches the surface*_

Armagh City Gaol
County Armagh
Northern Ireland

Nikon D300
Nikkor 20mm lens

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