The Real Jane Eyres
vickers, Salley, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
Not even Charlotte Bronte's most famous heroine had a story to match the tangled lives of these real-life governesses
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The governess is a figure most intimately known to us through fiction: Jane Eyre, Becky Sharp, Jane Fairfax, Miss Jessel, Maria (aka Julie Andrews) have informed our imaginations, and fed our prejudices, more tellingly than their real-life models.
It is easy to see why the governess endeared herself to writers of fiction. She occupied the kind of liminal position invaluable to the novelist: ladylike, yet no longer quite a "lady", accomplished but socially invisible, …
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