The eagerness of a listener quickens the tongue of a narrator.
 Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (16 October 1847). copy citation

Author Charlotte Brontë
Source Jane Eyre
Topic story eagerness
Date 16 October 1847
Language English


“«Mr. Rochester has a right to enjoy the society of his guests.»
«No question about his right: but have you never observed that, of all the tales told here about matrimony, Mr. Rochester has been favoured with the most lively and the most continuous?»
«The eagerness of a listener quickens the tongue of a narrator.» I said this rather to myself than to the gipsy, whose strange talk, voice, manner, had by this time wrapped me in a kind of dream. One unexpected sentence came from her lips after another, till I got involved in a web of mystification; and wondered what unseen spirit had been sitting for weeks by my heart watching its workings and taking record of every pulse.” source

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