The hero, Maxim de Winter, is like Mr Rochester in being rich and independent, the owner of a country house, and in having an unhappy secret which makes him moody and inward-looking. That she embodies the conjunction of Eros and Thanatos appears in her being also associated with the figure of the Vampire through her voracious sexual appetite again, her physical features —plentiful hair and pale face— and the fact that her death is not definitely acknowledged for a long time; metaphorically, in spite of different versions and various attempts, she is hard to kill indeed.
It is a choice of evils.
In both cases the country house becomes oppressive to its owner because of its association with the mad, bad wife. Olivia, however, draws no sense of identity from either the private house or the public world, and drifts through life as if eternally condemned to sit in the window-seat.
Each time was new, was different, existing without relation to before and after; all the times were one and the same The Weather in the Streets, And for the first time, women were taking their place in this struggle.
South Riding also contains a new character. In all these novels there is a strong sense of past events shaping the present, creating an uncanny inevitability. Smith ed.
At Thornfield, Jane is forced to live at a mental distance from her love, but her consciousness of difference and of categories sharpens her sense of identity and provokes her into drawing her own portrait JE, Before us lies the public world, the professional system, with its possessiveness, its jealousy, its pugnacity, its greed.
Jane declares her love for Rochester, but she also secretly fears marriage to him and feels the need to rage against the imprisonment it could become for her. The reference to Jane Eyre, therefore, is ironic rather than uncanny.