the best part is imagining rochester going to a jewelry store, looking over a bunch of tiaras, trying to figure out which one he should give jane
Yes, I love how completely out-of-touch with reality the tiara is! I agree with all the people saying how it symbolizes purity and stuff, but mostly I just find it hysterical. Seriously, did he start looking at earrings and just drift down the counter until he hit the end?
Some salesman or woman is flying high on that purchase! :-)
Makes me wonder what the rest of those purchases that were around Jane were. What other ridiculous things were there? (Also at least one of them had socks in it right?)
He was in the store and the salesperson was like, “Well, sir, what is she like?” and Rochester just goes, “She’s a FAIRY! A WOOD SPRITE! An ETHEREAL BEING WHO HAS BEWITCHED MY SOUL!” and the salesperson is like ooookaaaay, "How about a tiara, sir?"
Head canon accepted.
Shocked Rochester and Jane’s New Room
Sorry, this is gonna be a long one but I’ve been a lurker for a while, too many thoughts!
I think that several very good points have been made about Rochester buying Jane gifts, which seems to be generally summarized as:
Rochester: I WANT TO BUY YOU ALL THE PRETTY GIRLY THINGS!!!
Jane: But…I’m really ok, I’m just happy to be with you, if you want to get me something maybe just something small like flowers, flowers are nice….
Rochester: LALALALA HERE HAVE MORE STUFF I FOUND AT TIFFANY’S!! ALL OF THE SHINIES!!!!
Which is totally understandable with Rochester’s upper class background and how he tends to go with his own vision of how things should be rather than trying to understand how things are (See proposal. Seriously dude, do you even notice that she’s about to cry?). But I think we’re also forgetting that Rochester seems to be astonished at how no one seems to really appreciate Jane the way he does. Assuming he has seen all of her videos he knows Jane hasn’t had any close relationships since Helen and probably no serious romantic relationships before. I think Rochester is probably in a state of shock due to his own relationship with her and his own assumption that Jane hasn’t been in a serious relationship before. How could those university boys not see how amazing she is? So he’s going a little overboard in his quest to make Jane understand how amazing he thinks she is and how he thinks that everyone else is stupid for not seeing it as well.
So yeah, the gifts don’t really bother me as long as Jane speaks to him about it IN PERSON. What really bothers me about this whole situation is Jane moving into a new room. It bothers me a on a really basic visual level. This is not Jane’s space. She says that she still has her own space but it’s not. It is completely dominated by the things that Rochester has given her, gift bags, new furniture, the drawing of the tree from the proposal (still don’t get the significance of that yet). I’ve enjoyed Jane’s room full of books and hats and tea cups and dirty laundry and seeing how it’s a reflection of her. She’s worked hard to create that space for herself, decorating, filling it with her own possessions that she’s presumably bought with her own money, maybe even a few things from Helen. This new room doesn’t tell me anything about Jane, just how Rochester thinks of Jane, which is not very accurate representation of Jane sometimes (see tiara).
Why does Jane agree to move out of her room? It doesn’t seem to bother her too much because unlike her discomfort over the tiara she’s able to laugh at her description of Rochester moving her out of her room. I guess maybe she sees it as Rochester taking care of her in some way rather than showering her with gifts she doesn’t want but still…Where’s our independent Jane? She better turn up soon!
Ok I really need to wrap this up, this is ridiculous! But it’s great to hear all of your thoughts, this is a wonderful fandom, I’m glad I decided to jump in!
I think because it’s Jane first serious relationship that she doesn’t feel like she knows how to deal with this avalanche of gifts and attention. She clearly doesn’t want the gifts, but I think at this stage she probably thinks she doesn’t want to hurt Rochester by refusing or telling him to his face that she doesn’t need them.
She’s 21, I had to remind myself of that when I watched the episode. That’s awfully young and while Jane is generally more mature for her age, I feel like she doesn’t have the right kind of maturity to deal with this kind of relationship and attention.
I feel pretty uncomfortable about the room, too, because as you say, it’s all Rochester there, and no Jane. We just see a big bed with gifts and nothing on either side. Frankly, Jane just looks drowned and lost in that room.
I just need to publicly express my appreciation for Suzanna. Because, YES.
And Emma is yet again lying to get her way.
I DON’T LIKE IT WHEN EA!EMMA LIES TO GET HER WAY BECAUSE IT ISN’T NOVEL!EMMA’S WAY EMMA DOESN’T LIE LYING AND MANIPULATION ARE NOT ONE AND THE SAME EMMA MAY BE HEADSTRONG AND STUBBORN AND OBSTINATE BUT SHE DOES NOT LIE IN ORDER TO GET HER WAY EMMA MAY BECOME SINGLY FOCUSED ON SOMETHING BUT SHE WILL NOT LIE IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE HER GOAL SHE FINDS A WAY THAT IS IN HER MEANS TO ACHIEVE HER GOALS BUTLYINGISNOTONEOFTHEM (ALSO YOU COULD TELL HOW UNCOMFORTABLE HARRIET WAS WITH LYING TO ELTON)
having curly hair is like playing a really scary guessing game where you don’t know what it’s going to do until it does it and the only way to fix it is to take another shower