Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
I’m currently taking a British Literature course and have been required to read a variety of British classics, including Jane Eyre. For those lucky souls that are unaware, author Jean Rhys published a prequel to Jane Eyre entitled Wide Sargasso Sea. The novel, set in the Caribbean, focuses on Bertha Mason, the crazy woman in the attic from Jane Eyre, and centers on the prevailing theme of racism. I’ve just started Wide Sargasso Sea for this course, am only on page 45, and can already tell that I won’t be giving it more than 2 stars. I just can’t wait to read the remaining 126 pages!
Nevertheless, I’ve decided to use Wide Sargasso Sea for my teaser this week:
“Shut your mouth,” the man said. “You mash centipeded, mash it, leave one little piece and it grow again…”
The man said, “So black and white, they burn the same, eh?”
“They do,” she said. “Here and hereafter, as you will find out. Very shortly.”
–Wide Sargasso Sea, page 40
Yes, Rhys is comparing humans to centipedes. And yes, the characters are literally referring to setting someone on fire in the reference to “burning.” Pleasant, wouldn’t you agree?