Jane Eyre (1973– )
Jane Eyre: I was myself still, without obvious change. Yet where was the Jane Eyre of yesterday? Where were her hopes? Where were her prospects? My hopes were all dead: struck with a subtle doom as in one night fell on all the first-born of Egypt. I looked on my cherished wishes: they lay still, stark corpses that could never revive. I looked at my love: it shivered in my heart like a suffering child in a cold cradle.
Edward Rochester: A true Janian reply! Good angels be my guard! She comes from the other world: from the abode of people who are dead and tells me so here, alone. If I dared, I'd touch you to see if you were substance or shadow. Truant! Truant! Absent from me a whole month- and forgetting me quite, I'll be sworn!
Edward Rochester: My bride is here, because my equal is here and my likeness!
Edward Rochester: So you were waiting for your people when I saw you in the land.
Jane Eyre: For whom sir?
Edward Rochester: For the men in green. It was a proper moonlit evening for them. Did I break through one of your rings that you spread that damned ice on the causeway?
Jane Eyre: The men in green all forsook England a hundred years ago. Not even in Hay Lane or the fields about it would you find a trace of them. I don't think summer, harvest, or winter moon will ever shine on their revels more.
Jane Eyre: [voiceover] I married him. I hold myself supremely blest because I am my husband's life as fully as he is mine. Mr. Rochester continued blind the first two years of our union, but gradually the obscurity clouding his left eye cleared. The sky is no longer a blank to him, the earth no longer a void. God has tempered judgment with mercy.
Blanche Ingram: Oh, young men of today! They are such puny things. They are not fit to stir a step beyond Papa's park gates. Nor go so far without Mama's permission.
Jane Eyre: Oh sir, it is past eleven o'clock. I must go.
Edward Rochester: No, stay. I am not here, remember. So we are free.
Jane Eyre: Oh, but Miss Ingram is expecting your return from business this evening.
Edward Rochester: [takes Jane's hand] What if she does?
Blanche Ingram: [enters the library with a billiards cue] Ah, there you are Signor Eduardo. I insist you play!
Edward Rochester: Uno momento, Donna Bianca.
[gives Jane her purse back]
Blanche Ingram: Surely you can deal with that person later, Mr. Rochester.
Edward Rochester: [turns towards Blanche] I am engaged Miss Ingram. I shall come to you when I'm at liberty.
[Blanche storms off in a huff]
Edward Rochester: Here, take your wages.
Jane Eyre: But that is fifty pounds, sir! You owe me but fifteen. I have no change.
Edward Rochester: I don't want any change, you know that.
Jane Eyre: I will not take it, sir.
Edward Rochester: Obstinate!
Jane Eyre: Yes.
Edward Rochester: Right. I'd better not give you all at once you may stay away three months. There is ten, is that enough?
Jane Eyre: Plenty, sir. Oh but now you owe me five.
Edward Rochester: Come back for it then, I will be your banker.
Edward Rochester: Shall you come down after dinner tonight?
Jane Eyre: Oh no sir, I must prepare for the journey.
Edward Rochester: Then we must say goodbye now. For a little while.
Jane Eyre: Yes, I suppose so.
Edward Rochester: And how do people perform that ceremony? Teach me, I'm not quite up to it.
Jane Eyre: They say farewell or any other form they prefer.
Edward Rochester: Then say it.
Jane Eyre: Farewell Mr. Rochester, for the present.
Edward Rochester: And what must I say?
Jane Eyre: The same.
Edward Rochester: Farewell Miss Eyre, for the present. Is that all?
Jane Eyre: Yes.
Edward Rochester: It seems stingy to my notions, and dry and unfriendly. If one shook hands...
Edward Rochester: No, that would not content me either.
Edward Rochester: Farewell Jane.
Jane Eyre: Your back is to the door sir.
Edward Rochester: [Glances behind him at the closed door. Looks on Jane again] So it is.
[Then opens it for Jane and lets her pass]