Orphans. Governesses. Inspirational Teachers. All things moody and Victorian.
Jane Eyre, my favorite book from the Brontë sisters delivers the most epic/tragic tale of love and longing.
I must say that reading this as a full fledged adult is a different story than reading it as a wide eyed girl. I recommend that you revisit Plain Jane and accompany it with an essential oil.
The essential oil I chose to pair with Jane Eyre is Ylang Ylang.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) is the oil of the inner child. Known for centuries as a powerful connector to the human heart. It enables the user to feel all the feels. It digs up all of those repressed feelings and brings them to light. It is also serves as an aphrodisiac and libido enhancer. Ylang Ylang is used to treat hormone imbalances, mental fatigue, stomach pain and oily skin.
Do yourself a favor, light some candles, draw a bath, mix some ylang ylang and epsom salts and prepare to be transported to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
My favorite quotes from the book:
“I am no bird and no net ensnares me. I am a free human being with an independent will.”
“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 go to hell,” was my ready and orthodox answer.
“And what is hell? Can you tell me that?”
“A pit full of fire.”
“And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?”
“What must you do to avoid it?”
I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: “I must keep in good health and not die.”
“Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”
“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”
Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre 1847.