Today I finished up Miss Jane for my third daughter Hannah. Hannah came bouncing into the kitchen with the unfinished doll this morning and informed me that her doll is named Jane after Jane Eyre. Hannah has never watched the movies (nor will she till she reads the book herself). She knows it is my favorite book of all time thought and knows that anything I love that much has to simply be wonderful.
Miss Jane is perfect from her wispy yellow hair to her dainty little linen bloomers.
She also came with a lovely white petticoat trimmed with lace.
Her bright blue eyes match those of her mistress and sparkle with humor and affection.
I have to show you a Jane Eyre treasure we found while emptying my mother's house for her.
Marvelous isn't it!
This book was given to my Grandmother on her 18th birthday in 1913 by her favorite "Cousin Aunt".
Effie Cooper Russell was the first cousin of my Great Grandmother, Zina B Cannon. Effie's mother died when she was a baby and her mother asked that little Effie be raised by her sister Mary Turpin Bennion. Zina B was older than Effie and was raised like her little sister. The family always lovingly called her "Aunt Effie". She never had any children.
I can only imagine what delight my grandmother, Zina Lenore Cannon Wood, took in reading this wonderful book for the first time. The volume is falling apart and is held together by some very old tape.
I can't wait till Miss Hannah and her sisters are old enough read Jane Eyre themselves.