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Jean Eyre
Jane Eyre in North-East Scots

Jean Eyre

By Charlotte Brontë

First edition, 2018. Translated into North-East Scots by Sheena Blackhall and Sheila Templeton. Illustrations by Edmund H. Garrett and E. M. Wimperis. Dundee: Evertype. ISBN 978-1-78201-215-3.

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“Nae sicht sae waesome as thon o a coorse bairn,” quo he, “speecially a coorse wee quine. Dae ye ken far the unca coorse gae efter daith?”   “No sight so sad as that of a naughty child," he began, "especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?"
“They gyang tae hell,” wis ma faist an orthodox repon.   "They go to hell," was my ready and orthodox answer.
“An fit is hell? Can ye tell me thon?”   "And what is hell? Can you tell me that?"
“A pit stappit wi flames.”   "A pit full of fire."
“An wid ye like tae faa intae thon pit, an tae be birssled thonner foraye?”   "And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?"
“Na, sir.”   “No, sir.”
“Fit maun ye dae tae avyde it?”   What must you do to avoid it?"
I thocht a meenit; ma repon, fin it did cam, misfittit him: “I maun keep in gweed health, an nae dee.”   I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: "I must keep in good health and not die.”
This weel-kent camin-o-age novel howks inno the feelins an ongauns o a young wumman, frae her wersh an coorse bairnhood, frae her growin intae adulthood an her brierin luve fur Mr. Rochester, the maister o Thornfield Haa. In its screivin o the inbye thochts o action—the spotlicht is on the slaw unfauldin o Jean's ethical an itherwardly awaurness, an aa the happenins are peintit wi a heichtened pouer that wis aince the warld o poetry—Jean Eyre transmogrifeed the airt o screivin. Charlotte Brontë his bin caaed the “first historian o the intimmers o thocht” an the literar forebear o screivers like Marcel Proust an James Joyce. The novel hauds swatches o social critique, wi a strang feelin o Christian vertue at its mids, an is thocht bi mony tae be aheid o its time gien the unique natur o Jean an the novel’s dellin intae classicism, sexuality, reeligion, an proto-feminism.

  This classic coming-of-age novel explores the the emotions and experiences of a young woman, from her difficult and abusive childhood, through her growth to adulthood and her discovery of love for Mr. Rochester, the master of Thornfield Hall. In its internalization of the action—the focus is on the gradual unfolding of Jane's moral and spiritual sensibility, and all the events are coloured by a heightened intensity that was previously the domain of poetry—Jane Eyre revolutionized the art of fiction. Charlotte Brontë has been called the “first historian of the private con­sciousness” and the literary ancestor of writers like Marcel Proust and James Joyce. The novel contains elements of social criticism, with a strong sense of Christian morality at its core, and is considered by many to be ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel’s exploration of classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism.
HTML Michael Everson, Evertype, 19A Woodgrove, Dundee, DD2 1DR, Scotland, 2018-06-26

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