To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee, is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: Jane Eyre (in Context) | Author: Charlotte Brontë | Ch: Preface

Sardonic. Her novel's exposure of the pharisaical (hypocritical in seeming righteous while rigorously obeying the letter rather than acting in the spirit of the law) does nothing blasphemous or un-Christian. In referring to Jesus, she reminds her reader that it was He who first exposed and challenged the Pharisees.

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