Published in , this isn't simply a prequel but a deeply political novel in its own right, in which names echo with a traumatic history that can barely be remembered, let alone mentioned: In calculating the moving wall, the current year is not counted. By concocting a "love potion" to be administered to Edward, she effectively sets up one of the novel's most devastating scenes, in which he reprises the atrocities of colonialism by casually seducing the servant girl who nurses him back to health, as his drugged wife sleeps in the next room. And her skin was darker, her lips thicker than I had thought. That does it for Edward. However, it is typically women Antoinette and her mother who are most victimized and labeled as such. Christophine is the nearest the novel gets to a presiding spirit: As his concerns consume him, he distances himself even further from Antoinette, refusing to sleep with her or show affection in any other way. When she is a child, the family mansion is torched and a girl whom she wants to be her friend throws a rock at her head — incidents that resound with distorted echoes of Jane Eyre. Both of these women are clearly not perfect models of content, tempered women, but the passion that replaces these qualities is seen as abnormal and evil: Rochester finds it in him time and time again to make note of his hatred for Antoinette. Kappel Prize in Literary Criticism. We stared at each other, blood on my face, tears on hers. Washington Post Staff Writer May 08, Sometimes a vast fortune, doting servants, great sex and a Jamaican hideaway just aren't enough.