Friday, 16 March 2012
A tale of Lost and Found - 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Jane Eyre'
Some years later, while visiting Haworth in Yorkshire, the picturesque village where the Bronte family lived and wrote, I took a walk along the cobbled main street and went browsing at a secluded book shop while sheltering from the rain. Just as I was about to leave, a golden Pegasus caught my eye and it reminded me of something. It was on the binding of a copy of 'Wuthering Heights', by Emily Bronte. I quickly exchanged money for this treasure and buried my find at the bottom of my bag to protect it from the rain. It wasn't until a few days later, when I had returned to Ireland and I was placing the book upon my bookshelf that I noticed the similarity... my old Dublin copy of 'Jane Eyre' and this new Yorkshire copy of 'Wuthering Heights' were a matching pair! Both were published in 1933, by Daily Express Publications London, both with a flying golden Pegasus on the front. It took some seventy years, but I like to think that these tomes were reunited at last, not unlike the heroes and heroines of the books themselves, on my bookshelf, never to be parted again.