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It's a deliberate touch, that. It refers to something Rochester says about how the firebird has dull, grey plumage, while beneath it has these beautiful red feathers which you see when it spreads its wings.More changes that this new production is portraying:
During Jane's early days here at Thornfied whenever the colour red appears it belongs to the rich and privileged characters in their bright-red hunting jackets and crimson dresses. At the same time, though, as well as fearing the things that red represents, she's romantically drawn to it, too."
For example, Lady Ingram (Francesca Annis), the mother of the beautiful Blanche whom Jane expects Rochester to marry, cuts a much more glamorous figure than in previous production. "She's usually portrayed as a bit of a dragon", laughs director Susanna White. "But she's rather gorgeous in our version. In the same way, Rochester hidden-away wife Bertha has tended to be a bit of a dribbly old hag, whereas we've made her beautiful but mad. To Jane, therefore, she's a genuinely disturbing symbol of Rochester's past: something of a sexual threat, in fact."All the scans can be found in the following links (to be found in PennyForYourDreams blog):