So many feeling after finishing this novel. I feel a great compassion for Lucy Snowe, for her courage and strength, but most of all for her loneliness which was never assuaged. On two occasions comfort came close. But then John Grahame married Polly, and Paul Emmanuel became lost at sea. Or, so it is that I assume.
This is a tale of courage and determination, of intermittent hope, but more than anything else for me, of loss. Here is a woman in literature I’ll always remember, and admire much more than either Emma Bovary or Anna Karenina. While all three are somewhat tragic characters, Lucy does not throw aside the life she leads. She, at least, has the sense to ‘keep calm and carry on’ whatever befalls her.
To me, she is a true, albeit tragic, heroine.
My thanks to Wallace for hosting this read along. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the posts of the participants, as well as this excellent novel of Charlotte Bronte’s.