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A little cross in the margin of Jane Eyre

Zadie Smith has written a short story for The New Yorker which includes a tiny Brontë reference:

Finch did her best to complete her education in piecemeal fashion. She discovered the nimble shape of her maths brain. She read the way people read who have no liberty—without humor or delicacy—and tolerated nothing but novels. She marked little crosses in the margins of her books at what seemed, to the therapists, random points. In fact, each cross marked a step on the path to the resolution (although these steps were very particular to Finch's view of the world: in a simple action like closing a door, she saw ethical change—condemning Gregor Samsa for making his mother spill the coffee, dismissing Jane Eyre for cowering in a nook behind a curtain). 
Houston Press mentions Val Lewton's film I Walked with a Zombie:
Other offerings in the series are Val Lewton’s I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). Dello Stritto is quick to warn audiences how times have changed when it comes to the portrayal of African-Americans when screening films like Zombie, though he posits that it is one of the better movies for the time in this regard. Affectionately referred to by fans as Jane Eyre of the Tropics, Francis Dee plays Betsy, a hired caretaker who becomes involved with a voodoo cult in the Caribbean. Both Zombie and Baby Jane are literate, character-driven films that have stood the test of time thanks to their amazing casts and stellar scripts. (Jef Rouner)



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