Still unravelling the mystery on this one, and enjoy the playfulness and acuity with which we appear to ‘pick up’ signals when in fact we may be intuitively choosing to see something as a form of subtle self-guidance.

Another mystery is the degree to which Jane Eyre’s story hangs on several pretty improbable coincidences. And yet so strong is the characterization that you can ignore the improbability, and be swept along as on a surging tide by the strength of the writing and the emotions it brings to life.


‘Presentiments are strange things!  And so are sympathies; and so are signs; and the three combined make one mystery to which humanity has not yet found the key.’


Source: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (London: Bounty Books, 2012 (1847)), p. 286

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