Ferndean Manor

  • The woods
  • House in the woods

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"...the trees thinned a little; presently I beheld a railing, then the house--scarce, by this dim light, distinguishable from the trees; so dank and green were its decaying walls. Entering a portal, fastened only by a latch, I stood amidst a space of enclosed ground, from which the woods swept away in a semicircle. There were no flowers, no garden-beds; only a broad gravel-walk girdling a grass-plat, and this set in the heavy frame of the forest. The house presented two pointed gables in its front; the windows latticed and narrow: the front door narrow too, one step led up to it."

Nestled deep in the woods, Ferndean manor is the perfect house for someone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hidden by trees, the house appears to be a part of nature, rather than a man-made object. This house is perfect for someone who is a fan of fairytales and adventures. Those who value the company they're with rather than luxurious materials would thrive in this quaint little house. 

"There was no harassing restraint, no repressing of glee and vivacity with him; for with him I was at perfect ease, because I knew I suited him; all I said or did seemed either to console or revive him. Delightful consciousness! It brought to life and light my whole nature: in his presence I thoroughly lived; and he lived in mine. Blind as he was, smiles played over his face, joy dawned on his forehead: his lineaments softened and warmed."

Ferndean is lush and overgrown with greenery, which represents how it is the happiest part of Jane's life. Nature is usually a symbol of rebirth, which could show how Jane has started a new chapter in her life. She is reunited with the love of her life, and they are finally equals financially. Jane is able to be in a happy relationship with Rochester, because she is not sacrificing her values or reputation, like she would have if she married Rochester while he was technically married to Bertha. Jane and Rochester are much more equal and Rochester even relies on Jane because of his loss of eyesight. Ferndean represents a kind of fairytale ending for Jane.

Jane Eyre
Hugo Ballin Productions / W.W. Hodkinson [Public domain]

 

A review from past resident, Jane Eyre:

"I love Ferndean Manor. It is definitely where I want to spend the rest of my life with my husband. After years apart, and many hardships, I finally found a place I could be happy in. I've always loved nature and spent a lot of time sitting on the window seat as a child, and I am elated to be able to live in a place so surrounded by greenery. After wandering for so long, and often feeling so lost and out of place, I have found my true home."