A few weeks ago, I re-read Jane Eyre as research for The Painting which is partly set during the same period. Even though this classic was published in 1847, Charlotte Brontë's beautiful description and skilled storytelling drew me in and I finished it quickly.
Inspired by the novel, I wrote a piece to submit to Mslexia's 'A Week of Tweets'. As it wasn't accepted, I'm posting it here. I used the most significant week in the novel and it was a good exercise. When I read the piece a few weeks later, the huge events seemed trivial which made me wonder if I got it wrong.
The tweets written by those I follow are mainly positive and I go on Twitter to be uplifted. I'm the kind of person who doesn't make telephone calls when miserable and I tend to go on Twitter when in a good mood. As in real life, I think that many of us smile on the outside when using social media.
It's unlikely that Jane Eyre would have been so laid-back, but when writing this piece, my goal was to translate the events into tweets, rather than make the tweets authentic.
I might try this exercise when developing characters because it made me view Jane Eyre in a different way.
Been travelling by coach since yesterday to visit an old friend. Hoping he hasn't moved to France. Should arrive tomorrow.
My friend's house is a ruin. Looks as though it burnt down. Hope friend didn't burn down with it. Going to ask at the local inn.
The innkeeper said my friend survives. Sadly he lost his sight and an arm because he rescued his servants when the house was on fire.
Got a chaise to my friend's house last night. He's in a terrible state, but pleased by my visit. I offered to be his lifelong companion.
Took friend for a walk in the fields and described the scenery. Then I told him where I've been for the past year. He proposed.
The wedding is on Monday! We tried to get married once before but were stopped by a rather significant impediment.
Excited about the wedding tomorrow. Will post photos on my blog: www.missjaneeyre.com
Jane Eyre is free on Kindle at the moment.