Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Madwoman's Attic Found!

A cramped secret staircase winding up to a lonely garret has been rediscovered in the manor house which is credited with launching the literary genre of the "madwoman in the attic". Carpeted with dust, cobwebs and a solitary collar stud, 13 rotting steps lead into a gable end where the 18th century original of Mrs Rochester - the tragic enigma at the heart of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre - was allegedly confined.
Thank goodness there were no bones found too. That would have been too sad and creepy. I wonder though if they will be needing a madwoman to entertain the tourists? And if so, where do I apply?