LETTER:A fearless mouse

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From Mrs Geraldine Burke

Sir: Whatever gave Marianne Macdonald the impression that Jane Eyre was a "mousy governess" ("Brontes next to scale heights of television", 5 February)?

In the words of Q. D. Leavis, she was "fearless, unashamed of passionate feeling, and while needing to serve, still determined to have her rights acknowledged". Hardly the characteristics of a mousy woman.

Yours sincerely,

Geraldine Burke

Marsh Baldon,


5 February