Jane Eyre aka Lucy @Soberistas


Ok, I haven’t lost the plot, or started drinking again. The following post is my effort for this week’s DP Challenge – to write in the style of your favourite author. The book that first touched me in the way that only a great book can, was Jane Eyre – here then, is an account of the night I met my wonderful fiancé, written in the style of Charlotte Bronte. Let me know what you think – I loved writing it!

I cannot begin to imagine what I was thinking when, as I was wont to do in those days, I entered the drinking establishment and requested yet another vessel of wine from the surly gentleman behind the bar. It must have been my sixth or seventh of the evening and my thoughts no longer belonged to me; it is true to say that I was beyond personal cognisance. My companion and I had frequented several inns that evening, and had arrived at the conclusion that we should indeed venture forth to our own abodes, as the night had drawn in and we were feeling fatigued and somewhat histrionic as a result of the excessive palliative liquid that we had imbibed.

Instead of departing for home, however, we made the decision to embark upon the short journey to what would become our penultimate destination; a dark but tolerably jovial inn, warm and invigorating after our short walk through the algid gloom outside. After purchasing our beverages, we sought to discover available chairs – the parlour room toward the rear of the hostel was packed full of revellers, and Reader, I must confess to staggering and lurching, owing to my drunken state. Finally, we almost fell upon a wooden bench alongside two ladies of fair countenance, and a gentleman who was swarthy and brooding.

My recollection of the conversation is a little vague, now that so many months have passed, although I can summon up the first words that that gentleman spoke to me – “Perhaps you do not recall, but we met some time ago, one evening last summer. You remarked upon my apparel – a shirt illustrated with an album cover of the musical four piece, The Smiths, of which you expressed your approval.” As melodic as pealing bells, my heart leapt as we reacquainted ourselves and despite my addled mind, I felt as though I had arrived home, that I had reached my destiny.

Our conversation was not blighted with awkward silences, nor did we encounter difficulties in happening upon subjects that we held in common. I am no professed harlot, but so drawn to this man was I – as well as being intoxicated by the potency of the alcohol – that I found myself inching toward him, my hand reaching out to fondle his near thigh. He did not profess to bother – indeed his gentlemanly persuasions led him to grasp my palm, caressing it in his as though we had been lovers for decades.

He showed himself to be a courteous and honourable man, a friend from the beginning, and the man who led me to the much longed for road to sobriety. That night represented the twinkling threshold of a wonderful chapter in my life – the unparalleled existence of living without the blur of alcohol; the birth of a redefined version of my self, originated by leaving the wine behind on that cold, January night.

 Reader, I became engaged to him.

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60 thoughts on “Jane Eyre aka Lucy @Soberistas

    • Thanks – we did get engaged (got a nice emerald and diamond ring!) but since having our lovely baby four months ago, wedding plans are on hold….we’ll get there tho, I’ll keep you posted!
      Lucy x

  1. This is just brilliant! I wanted to try Jane Eyre too but didn’t dare. The style is just perfect with the added dimension that it’s describing a modern scene. Loved the humor/ funny effect that this reverse anachronism (?) had: “a shirt illustrated with an album cover of the musical four piece.” And congratulations. Hope someday you’ll be able to say, like Jane Eyre, “Reader, I married him.” Thank you for this piece. Made my day.

    • Thanks for your encouraging comment. I really wanted to take part in this challenge but was struggling for inspiration until I looked up at our bookcase and saw Jane Eyre – I’m so glad I picked it, and that so many people think I did Charlotte Bronte justice. So many great comments have made my day too!

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  2. pmandhyan says:

    That was absolutely…. breathtaking! You have captured the essence of Ms. Bronte so very well! Oh and congratulations on your engagement!

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    • Thanks, I’m so excited to have been ‘Freshly Pressed.’ And it’s been equally as great to read everyone’s comments about my post. I really loved writing it, as Jane Eyre is my all time favourite book.
      Thanks again, Lucy x

    • Thank you! I must admit that I wrote most of it with a bit of a smile on my face – it was good fun to write in such flowery language…and thanks for the congrats 🙂
      Lucy x

  4. Jane Eyre was my first classic. It was pulled off my grandmother’s shelf, and I fell in love with the dialog, story, and style. This was just so fun to read. Thank you.

    • Thanks for your kind words – I fell in love with Jane Eyre the first time I read it, and have probably read it about ten times since! Jane is such a likeable heroine, and I’m really pleased that I managed to pull off a reasonable impression 🙂
      Cheers, Lucy x

  5. Clairebear919 says:

    That was great…that era of writing where each sentence sounds rich full and weaved with hidden context is one of my favourite. Jayne Eyre was also my first and still is my favourite classic 🙂

  6. I had no idea where to start with this DP Challenge. I was suspecting posts would turn out in the slant of an author, but didn’t expect them to be quite as good as this. Well done.
    Lovely to read! (Congrats on the engagement, baby and life!)
    Cheers,
    iRuniBreathe

    • Thanks so much – the messages I have received off the back of this post are so appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and to send this lovely comment. Lucy x

  7. Tar-Buns says:

    I remember reading the Bronte sisters’ books when I was junior high-ish. It was hard but I loved the eloquent drama. Jane Eyre has always been my favorite, too.
    Yummy post. Congrats on being FPd!

  8. Very Charlotte and very much like the night I met my husband, only he was the one wearing The Smiths shirt. Thank you for a great little story. How perfect to have told it with Bronte’s voice.

    • Thank you – I did post a ‘Part 2’ on Sunday, just as a thank you to all these lovely comments I keep receiving! Did you take a look? I will also be writing more in the future so watch this space…
      🙂

  9. Hilarious! “we were feeling fatigued and somewhat histrionic as a result of the excessive palliative liquid that we had imbibed” and “You remarked upon my apparel – a shirt illustrated with an album cover of the musical four piece, The Smiths, of which you expressed your approval.” are so awesome. You made my night…

  10. Congrats on being listed on freshly pressed front page. I enjoyed your post, thought you did the challenge so well. I’m currently redesigning my blog and will have some fun stories to post soon. Please come by for a visit.

  11. Wow! I am not familiar with the author you were imitating, but telling from the others’ comments, not only did you pull it off but also make it your own (adding dabs of humor throughout). That is some talent! It was an entertaining read. 🙂 Congratulations on your engagement, your new baby, and of course, being Freshly Pressed! 🙂

  12. Hi, Thanks so much for your message – I have been so pleased to receive all the comments for my efforts with the Jane Eyre post, and for being Freshly Pressed.
    Thank you again, I really appreciate you getting in touch!
    Lucy x

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