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In “Self-Communion,” the first speaker (echoing Bronte’s own conscience) assures her: Could I but hear my Saviour say,— “I know thy patience and thy love; How thou has held the narrow way, For my sake laboured night and day, And watched, and striven with them that strove; And still hast borne, and didst not faint,”— Oh, this would be reward indeed! ”5 Using archetypal images of the Christian pilgrim (Duthie 85), it is a rousing foursquare evangelical hymn filled with admonishments, encouragement, and assurances of God’s rewards: Believe not those who say The upward path is smooth, Lest thou shouldst stumble in the way And faint before the truth.
I shall begin by examining the various Biblical and theological references in the novel, largely in the order in which they appear, highlighting the development of these allusions. I shall not look at all such references, but focus on those that have specific Messianic context, or at least that relate to the general theme of idolatry—the worship of the creature. At the same time, I shall show how the narrative includes contrary images and cautions the 38 Essaka Joshua reader that these Messianic identifications and pretensions are disordered.
Sure was I of His efficiency to save what He had made: convinced I grew that neither earth should perish, nor one of the souls it reassured. I turned my prayer to thanksgiving: the Source of Life was also the Saviour of Spirits. Mr. 56 The block between Jane and God that Edward had become is now removed: precisely as the result of Jane’s disavowal of her idolatry. The right ordering of her relationship to God has as its consequence the well-being of Edward, and thus perhaps the inchoate possibility of a right relationship with Edward too.