Jane Eyre in Vancouver


Saturday, May 28, 2011 
Jane Eyre in Vancouver

Kato, are you talking about a Jane-Eyre look-alike in Vancouver?

Yeah, Diane, you’re the Jane-Eyre look-alike. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha …

Don’t be silly, Kato. I’m not such an old-fashioned woman.

Diane, do you really think that Jane Eyre is an old-fashioned woman?

Yes, of course, I do. Look at Jane Eyre in the following picture.

Now, look at me.

Kato, do you see the difference?

Yeah, I can see the difference. I don’t think Jane Eyre had never taken a yoga class. But I’m not talking about the physical shape. Jane Eyre and you are well-versed, good-natured, warm-hearted women.

I’m glad to hear that, but Kato, you’re apple-polishing, aren’t you?

Oh, no. I’m telling you my heart’s contents.

But, you aren’t talking about me in this article, are you?

No, I’m talking about the Jane Eyre boom.

What’s the Jane Eyre boom?

Look at the following result of Google search.

There are 2,150,000 entries in the above list. Do you see those?

Yes, I do. There are 2,150,000 web pages that talk about Jane Eyre in Vancouver, aren’t there?

That’s right.

How come so many web pages about Jane Eyre in Vancouver?

A good question, Diane! I wondered, too. So, I clicled the first several entires in the above list, and have found out why so many Jane-Eyre web pages.

Tell me why, Kato.

Look at the following pages:

SOURCE: “Vancouver Movies”

I see…the “Jane Eyre” film was shown on March 18 at Denman Cinema in the Denman Place Mall, wasn’t it?

Yes, that’s right. I didn’t know that, though the theater is close to my place.

The Denman Place Mall entrance

Shopper’s Drug Mart near the entrance

Denman Cinema

at 1779 Comox St, Vancouver BC

See another web page, Diane.

SOURCE: “Jane Eyre is no chick flick. Vancouver, Canada”

This is the third entry in the above list, isn’t it?

That’s right. You can see the official “Jane Eyre” trailer. I’ve pasted the same YouTube trailer down here for you.

SOURCE: “Park Theatre, Vancouver, Canada”

The “Jane Eyre” film was shown at 9:30 a.m. on March 20 at Park Theatre, wasn’t it?

Yes, that’s right.

Kato, did you go to the theatre on that day?

No, I didn’t. I didn’t even know that. I wish I had viewed the film.

Cambie Street scene

Cambie Street scene

Queen Elizabeth Park

These days, I’ve never strolled along Cambie Street. If I had viewed the morning show, I would have been able to take a walk in the nearby park.

Well, if you like, you can jog with me along the seawall.

That would be nice! I’d love to.

Talking about the Jane Eyre boom, you’re saying that Vancouverites got to know about the “Jane Eyre” film when they watched the movie trailer or web pages, aren’t you?

Oh, yeah, that’s right. That’s why there are so many people waiting for the “Jane Eyre” DVD.

The Actual Page of “Jane Eyre” DVD

Twenty people are wating for the same DVD. Amazing!… Incredible!  I remember, there were only three people in the waiting list the other day.

Oh, yes, there were.  I’ll show you the list.

I was at Position 3, that is, I was the third person in the waiting list.  At that time, only three people were waiting, including myself as shown below:

I see.  And a month later, 17 people were added to the waiting list, weren’t they?

That’s right. I’ll show it again…

I see your comment…and somebody else jotted down another comment.

Yes, Janice wrote it.

Do you know her?

No, unfortunately I don’t.  She has viewed quite a few DVDs.

How do you know?

I looked into her DVD shelf.  I’ll show it for you, Diane.

“Janice21383’s actual page”

So, this particular “Jane Eyre” DVD is in a big demand, isn’t it?

Yes,…looks like it. Besides, another viewer recommended it.

Oh, really? How did you find it out?

I was looking around in the library catalogue, and came across the following DVD.

The Actual Page of

the above “Jane Eyre” DVD

You see, Diane? This person was really moved by the 1983 adaptation of “Jane Eyre”.

How do you know?

…’cause this person hasn’t viewed as many DVDs as Janice has.

The Actual Page of Shaikh11’s Shelf

Yet, this person wrote a long comment. If this viewer hadn’t been moved by this particular DVD, she or he wouldn’t have jotted down such a long comment.

I see. And, Kato, have you viewed the 1983 adaptation DVD of “Jane Eyre”?

Oh, yeah, I have. I picked it up on May 25.

I’ve also reserved one of “Jane Eyre” fictions.

So, how did you like the DVD?

Oh,… quite impressive! It was broadcast by BBC in 1983. There are 11 episodes, one of which is about 30-minute long.

It will take 330 minutes for you to view all the episodes, won’t it?

That’s right. Five hours and 30 minutes! No wonder it is the truest to the fiction.

Have you already viewed all the episodes, Kato?

No, not all of them, but Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 8 through Episode 11.

Episode 4 through 7 are missing. Why is that?

I viewed the flip side of the DVD first by mistake. I’ll see Episode 4 through 7 tomorrow.

Tell me, Kato. What was the most interesting part?

Jane Eyre

It is a famous and influential novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë.
It was published in London, England, in 1847 by Smith, Elder & Co. with the title Jane Eyre.
An Autobiography under the pen name “Currer Bell,” the “autobiography’s” supposed editor.
The first American edition was released the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York.

Charlotte Brontë

The novel merges elements of three distinct genres.
It has the form of a Bildungsroman, a story about a child’s maturation, focusing on the emotions and experiences that accompany growth to adulthood.
The novel also contains much social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, and finally has the brooding and moody quality and a Byronic character typical of Gothic fiction.

It is a novel often considered ahead of its time due to its portrayal of the development of a thinking and passionate young woman who is both individualistic, desiring for a full life, while also highly moral.
Jane evolves from her beginnings as a poor and plain woman without captivating charm to her mature stage as a compassionate and confident whole woman.

As she matures, she comments much on the complexities of the human condition.
Jane also has a deeply pious personal trust in God, but is also highly self-reliant.
Although Jane suffers much, she is never portrayed as a damsel in distress who needs rescuing.
For this reason, it is sometimes regarded as an important early feminist (or proto-feminist) novel.

This is the famous Parsonage

in Haworth where she lived

for much of her life.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

PICTURES: From the Denman Library

I’m most interested in the above scene from Episode Two.

Are you saying, Jane was accused of being a slattern?

Well…the girl is Jane in the above picture. I simply doctored the picture by changing the word. Actrually, Helen, Jane’s best friend, was scorned. To tell you the truth, I dind’t know the exact meaning of the word, although I knew by intuition that the word had something to do with derogative nature.


1. slattern, n. and adj.

A woman or girl untidy and slovenly in person, habits, or surroundings; a slut.

2. slattern, v.

To fritter or throw away (time, opportunity, etc.) by carelessness or slovenliness….

SOURCE: “Oxford English Dictionary”

So, Kato, did you get most interested in the above word?

No, not really… I was a little bit shocked by imagining the following picture.

I thought that “slut” was one of the most despicable words to describe a woman.

Yes, it is.

Diane, do you really think that a slattern is the same as a slut?

Well…, a sattern is a physically untidy woman while a slut is a morally dirty woman.

I see… Interesting!

Kato…is this what you’ve learned from the “Jane Eyre” DVD?

Oh, no…this is just one of many things I’ve learned from the film so far. Mind you, I haven’t seen all the episodes yet. I’ll tell you the most memorable scenes later.

Well…, I’m looking forward to hearing those.

【Himiko’s Monologue】

I definitely must see the movie.
How about you?

The Jane Eyre film is one thing; romance is another.
Well, come to think of it, I’ve never met a decent man in my life.
How come I’m always a loner?
I wish I could meet a nice gentleman at the library in my town as Kato met Diane.
Well, they say, there is a way where there is a will.

Have a nice day!
Bye bye …


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