Few groups are more inherently absurd than the wealthy.
They’re practically a different species, compared to the rest of us.
Jane’s strength of character is severely tested in the first part of the novel.
An orphan, brought up by an aunt who is not a blood relation, amongst cousins who are, she is bullied and unjustly punished in the very first chapter.
It’s a point that William Gibson hammers home in – freed from the worries of having to pay rent or worrying about their next meal, the rich can focus on goals and ambitions that would be preposterous and grotesque to the rest of humanity.
The rest of us are too busy trying not to become homeless to dream about shitting in golden toilets.
When the 14 year old John Reed strikes her [Jane is 10] and throws a heavy book, causing her to cut her head against the door, her response is to call him a “Wicked and cruel boy”, and to tell him he is “like a murderer..a slave-driver..the Roman emperors! Jane’s exceptional tone of voice – and she narrates the novel – is captured when she reflects of the Reeds: “If they did not love me, in fact, as little did I love them.” She is not afraid to reply honestly to a religious hypocrite like Mr Brocklehurst, nor to accuse her aunt with the memorable words that sum up her childhood: “You think I have no feelings, and that I can do without one bit of love or kindness; but I cannot live so: and you have no pity.” Jane is far from sentimental but she knows that to be unloved is as bad as to be starved.And it’s not just the easy targets – the Juggalos and Furries of the world.Any group’s rituals and social mores start to look a little nuts when you put them under a microscope. Anything we do that isn’t directly related to our core biological imperatives of day-to-day survival is bound to touch base with absurdity eventually.Based on Austen's surviving letters, the semi-biographical television movie focused on the last few years of Jane Austen's life as she looked back on her life and loves and helped her favourite niece, Fanny Knight (Imogen Poots), find a husband.JANE, the musical debuted in June 2006 in the West Midlands, England.