Who is your favorite female lead character? And why? (And yes, of course, you can name more than one . . . I always have trouble narrowing down these things to one name, why should I force you to?)
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Reader, Jane Eyre is my favorite. At the beginning of the novel, she is an abused and neglected child. She is passionate, lashing out against the cruelty of her aunt and cousins. After she's sent to Lowood, she learns to take care of herself and gains confidence enough to go out into the world alone to make a living. As governess, she's caring to a girl so different than herself but almost as starved for love as she was as a child. While sparring with the master of the house, she doesn't let him get the better of her. Mr Rochester sees that spark of passion. He falls in love with her not because she's beautiful but because she's intelligent, an intellectual match for him. After her wedding day falls to pieces, she makes the difficult decision to leave Mr Rochester. She could have been his mistress. She loved him but she left him because she knew she'd hate herself later. She's moral but not preachy. I'm not even sure what religion she follows. It takes incredible strength to leave Thornfield, the place she sees as her home. Jane is found, half dead, by St John and makes herself useful to his sisters. Jane could have chosen to marry St John but she knows he doesn't love her and she doesn't love him. Somehow she comes back to Rochester, a woman of wealth, and marries a man as broken as he is because she loves him. Aw, so romantic!
Jane's been my favorite since I first read it in my teens. I love her strength of character. I love her unbelievable happy ending. She's unique in her time as a woman who's not out hunting for a husband, although she gets one on her own terms.
Note: I saw Definitely, Maybe last night. The book comes up during the story and becomes a big part of the plot near the end. It was a great movie, funny and smart. A great movie to see with your girlfriends.