This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classic™ includes an extensive glossary and reader’s notes to help the modern reader contend with Brontë’s vocabulary and complex allusions.
Part love story, part mystery, part Gothic novel, Jane Eyre (1847) is also an exploration of an independent woman’s struggle to escape the repressive forces of Victorian society. Jane’s life seems to be a search for happiness and acceptance, and she narrates her story in such a suspenseful and enigmatic manner that the reader is eager to learn more about her.
Jane is a plain, simple girl, with little to offer her benefactress or the society around her. She is defiant and stubborn with strong moral values that give her strength to overcome the oppression she often suffers. When she becomes the governess for a young French girl, Jane has no idea what lurks in the depths of the isolated Thornfield mansion: joy, laughter, hope, love, fear, secrets, attempted murder…