I’ve started reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte two weeks ago (for my Lit Appreciation Class) and so far, have reached Page 52 – largely due to lack of toilet/nodding off to sleep time. I’ve discovered a huge number of strange words. Beautiful, but strange – words I think we should start using again!:

1. Cavillers ~ jesters, people who like to play the fool

2. torpid ~ lethargic, slow and always tired

3. bilious ~ nauseous

4. exigency ~ the need for urgent attention

There are plenty more, too many to state here. I observe that Bronte put a very mature mind into the 8-year old Jane Eyre. Seems a little unrealistic an adolescent, although of English descent, knows such words!