It’s interesting that this question came up this week because I just finished a book in which I kept saying to myself, “I’m so glad I am NOT a character in this book!” The book is Becoming Jane Eyre: A Novel, by Sheila Kohler, and it’s a fictional account of the life of the Bronte sisters, especially Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre.
Life was extremely difficult in the mid-1800s. Medical care was particularly primitive. Charlotte’s father underwent eye surgery without anesthesia and was bled with leeches. And all six of the Bronte children died very young. (Charlotte outlived all of her siblings and died at age 38 when pregnant with her first child.) Most of them died of tuberculosis. Charlotte’s only brother became addicted to opium and alcohol. The three Bronte sisters who wrote -- Charlotte, Emily, and Anne -- had to publish under male pseudonyms so as not to be discriminated against. The only paying employment available to them was as a governess or teacher. In all, they had very depressing lives, at least according to Becoming Jane Eyre. So, I would NOT want to be a character in this book.
So, what book would I like to be in? I always wanted to be a character in a book by L.M. Montgomery, like Anne of Green Gables or Emily of New Moon.
She always made Prince Edward Island sound like such an idyllic place to grow up. I’m not sure that I could stand the winters (it’s in Canada, after all), but it sounds absolutely gorgeous in the summer and like a small-town community where everyone knows everyone. Of course, these books are historical fiction, so it could be an entirely different situation now. But if I could grow up in the pages of an L.M. Montgomery book, I would be content!
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