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Certifiably Crushable No. 9: Mr. Rochester of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
It takes serious skills to turn an obsessive wannabe polygamist-turned invalid with an attitude into a hunk of man candy. Charlotte Bronte somehow did it when she penned Mr. Rochester into her famed novel Jane Eyre.
Mr. Rochester creeped on Jane and into my heart with his moody ways. One moment he is the dark pessimist asking philosophical questions about the world. The next, he is a devoted romantic making promises. The emotional whiplash is shockingly appealing.
It is hard to resist a dark man who considers you his sun, moon and everything in between.
- Their somewhat tense and awkward meeting when Mr. Rochester arrives at his home to find Jane his ward's governess.
- Rochester waiting for Jane to speak to her after their canceled marriage.
- The reunion, when Jane returns to find him a physically broken man, who has never been sexier personality-wise.
"I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one."
"Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear."
"I ask you to pass through life at my side—to be my second self, and best earthly companion."
"I have little left in myself -- I must have you. The world may laugh -- may call me absurd, selfish -- but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame."
More emotional and flawed than Darcy before him, Rochester is the perfect project for a girl who enjoys a fixer upper. That man is damaged goods. But underneath the drama and secrets is a basically good man who wants love and to be loved. Even if he thinks he does not deserve it.
Seriously, how hot is that kind of angst?
Check back tomorrow for the next crushable hunk of man candy.
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