Miss Elizabeth's Period Drama Advice Event is finally beginning! I'm so glad. :) Click on the button above to learn more.
The first letter to respond to is from Miss Jane Eyre:
Dear Period Drama Advice Column,
I am the governess at Thornfield Hall, the home of Mr. Rochester. When I first met him, he seemed to be very harsh, eccentric, and unconventional, but I now find myself falling in love with him. He has been the only person who I could talk to as an equal. I had not intended to love him: I tried to fight it. He made me love him without looking at me, but he is to be shortly married to a Miss Ingram, a beautiful but subconscious person. I cannot help but love him. I've said that my pupil, Adele, should go to school and that I should seek a new situation, but I cannot bear to leave Thornfield: I have not been trampled on there; I have not been petrified; I have not been buried with inferior minds, and excluded from every glimpse of communion with what is bright and energetic and high. What shall I do?
And a reply, written by me:
You must leave at once. It is dangerous to be in such a close proximity to a gentleman who is already engaged! Naturally, a previous engagement must be honored, and having you there may harm it. Therefore, you must leave with all possible speed! Pray, what is your age? No doubt you are too young to be falling in love anyway – not to say that such a thing as “love” is real. It is a popular illusion nowadays. Alas, my own nephew was engaged to marry Anne, my sweet daughter. But then, a young woman came along and said that she loves him and he loves her! It is most intolerable. The worst of it is, that without any considerations for his dead mother’s wishes (or, might I mention, my own wishes) my nephew Darcy married the young flirt! I know she ensnared him with her flirtatious ways.
But, as to your situation, I say that you must leave immediately. If you would like to come to Rosings Park, my own home, you would be most welcome. You shall not be “buried with inferior minds” here – the vicar of my parsonage is sure to enrich your religious well-being and thought-life. He is a most solicitous young man. Pray reply at once so that we may arrange your travel plans. I shall take it as a personal affront if you do not come immediately.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh
I'm hoping to post more replies to more letters in the coming weeks!