Friday, 3 August 2018

Jane Eyre's soft black pencil




One morning I fell to sketching a face: what sort of face it was to be, I did not care or know. I took a soft black pencil, gave it a broad point, and worked away. Soon I had traced on the paper a broad and prominent forehead and a square lower outline of a visage: that contour gave pleasure; my fingers proceeded actively to fill it with features.


Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre, 1847