For eight years, i have avoided this film version of Jane Eyre because of the way it was promoted. . .last week, it came in a boxed set of five BBC period dramas, and while i was busy at some household task, i slipped the DVD into the player to see what all the fuss was about. . .
Edward Fairfax Rochester: Two weeks? That's not possible.
Jane Eyre: You have company, sir.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: Very well. But promise me, you'll not stay with this undeserving aunt more than a week.
Jane Eyre: I cannot promise you. She is dying. I cannot set a time on that.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: Of course, you'll go. I haven't got the power to stop you. You must have some money. Can't travel without money. I haven't given you any salary yet, remember? How much have you, Jane, in whole the world?
Jane Eyre: Five shillings, sir.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: Here, take fifty pounds.
Jane Eyre: No, Sir. You only owe me fifteen. I have no change.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: I don't want change, Jane. You know that. Take your wages.
[Jane shakes her head no]
Edward Fairfax Rochester: You're right. Better not give you all that. You might stay away for three months. Here. There's ten. Wasn't that enough?
Jane Eyre: Yes, sir. But you still owe me five.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: Then, come back for it.
Jane Eyre: Sir, I have to ask you something else, a matter of business. You have as good as said you intend to be married.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: Really? That has been settled then, has it? You've decided that Miss Ingram is to be my bride. Now I see it. You're going to prevail upon that miserable family to find you a new situation. Ungrateful girl, admit it!
Jane Eyre: No, sir. I've told you they do not like me, sir. To offer such a service... I shall advertise.
Edward Fairfax Rochester: Devil, you will! Advertise! I wish I'd only offered you a sovereign, not ten whole pounds. Give me back nine. . .