Author's Note

I wouldn't have thought this is necessary but I see now that it is. So, let's talk about sex.
This story contains sex scenes. Indeed, it gets quite explicit in an implicit way. If you do not believe Jane and Rochester have an active sex life after their marriage, you maybe should not read this story. And you should re-read Jane Eyre. I especially suggest you should read chapters 15, 24 and 27. They are two very passionate people and as Toby Stephens put it two "very sexual people." Yes, I'm also influenced by the 2006 BBC adaptation. But anyway, this is not Jane Austen. Rochester isn't the man who stood around all day, being busy with being proud and hating to dance (though I don't know whether he likes to dance or not). He is, or at least in my opinion he is, the one who let himself be tricked into a marriage just because the woman was beautiful and exotic, travelled the world and had mistresses everywhere (he could have just become a drunkard instead or committed suicide), the one who raged after being deprived of a wedding night, the one who likes telling Jane very much at the beginning of their acquaintance and very openly what kind of life he's been living and what happened between himself and CĂ©line. And as for Jane, she tells us she'd have rather pleased than teased him and desperately falls in love with him after that fire in Rochester's bedroom. Oh! the symbolism.
It does appear, I admit, like they were not very passionate anymore once they were married when you read chapter 38. But, doesn't all the rest of the book show them in a quite different light? Charlotte Bronte maybe couldn't have it end in any other way or didn't want to or had to end it in what was considered the Victorian ideal. I don't know. But it seems odd to me that these two passionate people should live a rather prudish life.
But I do not want to sound like I look at it as a purely sexual novel. I'm just trying to defend that aspect of my story. I must add that the reason for these scenes is the context in which the story came about. It started with me thinking that if it is "Jane Eyre - An Autobiography" then, technically, Jane must have written it herself. And Rochester, I thought, must be there to listen, comment and help out. And that it probably would make him miserable to hear all that and to get told how harsh he was towards her. And, being the loving husband that he is, feeling the need to make it all up to her. That, by the way, was someone else's idea but I thought it was nice. And then, when being told about a quote from a newspaper that went something like "Ten years after they marry, the Darcys will be having tea and toast at the breakfast table, whereas the Rochesters will still be in bed till midday, having ordered that they do not be disturbed," I started my story based on all this. In the end, it turned out to become something quite different and much more complex from chapter 3 on and I probably would have done it a bit differently had I intended the plot to go in that direction from the beginning. But then I thought it would still be fun the way it is now.

I.K.