Letter from Blanche Ingram to Edward Fairfax Rochester
It has recently come to my attention that you are to be married to your governess, Miss Eyre. I have yet to receive a formal invitation, but I can understand how awkward it would be if I were to be present. Still, I am stunned and shocked, since I had the inclination that we would become husband and wife. However, I am glad you have found happiness even if it means the degradation of your status in the eyes of your friends. Frankly, I do admit that I may have expected it. Remember when I visited last and Sybil, the gypsy, was allowed into your home while you were away. She foretold my future and well, it was quite accurate. I did not want to give in to her ramblings, and I pondered at each word that I scarcely turned a page in my book (1), but now with the announcement of your marriage, I see she was telling the truth. You will be the first to know of my true opinion of her as I told everyone that “I have seen a gipsy-vagabond; she has practised in hackneyed fashion the science of palmistry, and told me what such people usually tell” (2), but now I know she was not a fake!
Yet, I am still uncertain of why you did not choose me. We had so much fun together even before Miss Eyre showed up and I do not understand why I was thrown away. We made quite a fine pair; my fine piano playing and your powerful voice worked well together (3). What did I do to displease you? Many have fawned over my looks and have offered their hand but I only had my eyes set on you. I’m sorry if I upset you when I said “I am resolved my husband shall not be a rival, but a foil to me. I will suffer no competitor near the throne; I shall exact an undivided homage: his devotions shall not be shared between me and the shape he sees in his mirror” (4). I believe my ill chosen words may have bolstered your poor decision. I was naive and wish to apologize to you whenever is convenient for you.
I am doing well since our last meeting and I would like to tell you that I am being courted by a man of superior status, and I hope to be married to him in a month’s time. You may have heard of him, Daniel Winchester; his family owns several banks across the country. He is a bit timid at times but that is what I love about him (5). Would it be possible for our two pairs to plan a small get-together in the future, after your honeymoon of course, for tea and for the opportunity to catch up? I so want my Daniel to meet with you; I have a feeling you could become friends, and I could have the chance to converse with Miss Eyre and hopefully get to know her as Mrs. Rochester.
I hope to hear from you soon, and congratulations.
1: Bronte pg. 250-After Blanche receives her fortune she sits down with a book and does not turn a page as her expression turns sour as time passes.
2: Bronte pg. 250-Blanche’s comment on Sybil (gypsy) after emerging from her session with her.
3: Bronte pg. 231-Blanche, hoping to tighten the “so-called” marriage possibility between her and Mr. Rochester, has Rochester sing while she plays the piano.
4: Bronte pg. 231-Blanche’s opinion on marriage and her ideal husband.
5: In my own opinion, Blanche wants a man that she can dominate (her selfish and uncaring attitude) and she does allude to it in the quote of footnote 4.