“‘Jane, be still a few moments: you are over-excited: I will be still too.’ Mr. Rochester sat quiet, looking at me gently and seriously. Some time passed before he spoke; he at last said — ‘Come to my side, Jane, and let us explain and understand one another.’”
“‘Jane, be still a few moments, you are over-excited. I will be still too.’ My master captured my wrists and secured them behind my back, imprisoning me and preventing my movements… He exerted the force of his will as effortlessly as he schooled my person, relentlessly and with an inexorable force, he commanded me against his body… No matter how I controlled my mind, my very flesh was weak.”
Oh, what the Fuck. Seriously? The implied
intimacy between the two characters in the original text is far more stimulating because its ever-so-subtle and not alll-over-your-damn-face. The end of the passage leaves just a sweet tasting tease in your mind to fill in the passionate blanks yourself. But in this generation, does EVERYTHING
need to be so explicitly spelled out for us, like we're all a bunch of illiterate monkeys unable to grasp the meaning of underlying context?
And I'm not even DONE yet. Reading the "New Version" came across as INCREDIBLY CREEPY
. Why? Let's break this shit down:
"captured my wrists and secured them behind my back, imprisoning me and preventing my movements"
"He exerted the force of his will"
"he commanded me against his body"
"No matter how I controlled my mind, my very flesh was weak"
THAT DOES NOT SOUND LIKE PASSIONATE, CONSENSUAL SEX TO ME. AT ALL. THAT IS RAPE. HE IS FORCEFULLY RAPING HER.
That passage is a message telling us that "Oh, it's actually perfectly okay to force sex upon a woman because they're secretly into that shit and want to be dominated by us men." FUCK NO. FUCK NO SOOO MUCH. That is an excuse that Deranged Rapists use to justify themselves and place the fault on the woman for "wanting it".
Is this type of Sexist, Misogynistic Horse-Shit Really what middle-aged women want to read? Is this Really the next-generation of Literature?
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