"He must have been a bad man," observed Mr. Rivers.
"You don’t know him—don’t pronounce an opinion upon him," I said, with warmth.
Jane Eyre, Chapter 33.
I love that in AOJE, Mary Rivers is the first person to find out Jane’s story rather than St. John/Simon. Not only is Mary more sympathetic to Jane’s troubles, but she is now poised to become the good female friend that Jane desperately needs (like we’ve been saying all along).
She’s closer to Jane’s age than Diana and while she is happy with her job, she has relationship problems. Yet she is also more outgoing and open than Jane. She’s someone Jane can relate to, but also admire.
I hope we continue to see them hang out together and I hope, when St. John/Simon finds out about Jane’s past and blows a gasket, that Mary steps in and defends her.
Yes! This! All of this! I also love that we’re getting more character development for Mary, who was the lesser-developed of the two sisters in the book. The book was pretty much like, well there’s Diana who’s kind of the leader of the group… and Mary’s cool too. And yeah, Diana’s still the more dominant personality in AoJE, but I almost think that because Mary is a little less sure of herself, it makes it easier for Jane to relate to her, and their bonding in today’s episode was such a beautiful thing to see.