Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: Tea with Mr. Rochester

Tea with Mr. Rochester

Next up in Frances Towers’s collection is the title story. When I picked the book, I was wondering if Tea with Mr. Rochester would have anything to do with Jane Eyre and as it turns out it does! Prissy, the story’s protagonist is an orphaned little girl brought up by her aunts. While in boarding school Prissy had read Jane Eyre which has left a quite impression on her on love – “the most thrilling, glorious, and beautiful thing in the world.” Not only that, Prissy has developed a crush on Mr. Considine, her aunt’s friend, who she has now come to think of as her Mr. Rochester. But as much as Prissy is smitten with Mr. Considine, whenever he is visiting her aunts Prissy has made it a point to make herself scarce. She is worried her dream world might collapse if her aunts see her around him. Although it will be thrilling to meet Mr. Considine face to face, her aunts would surely realize she has a crush on him, and who knows, they might even tell him and laugh at her together behind her back! So you can imagine Prissy’s reaction when one of her aunts drags the poor girl with her for tea at Mr. Considine place.

I think Prissy is a character most women can relate to. Even though I never cared much for Mr. Rochester, I have been in love with Mr. Darcy since I was fourteen (same age as Prissy in the story). I remember what it was like to look for Mr. Darcy at that age, and how guarded I was when it came to interactions with potential Mr. Darcys! So Tea with Mr. Rochester is a delightful story which I think will take many of you back in time. ūüôā


  1. It is probably good that Mr. Rochester gets a little time, since Mr. Darcy otherwise occupies so much time in our phantasy… ūüôā

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  2. […] The Rose in the Picture is a precious story that gave me more than a few chuckles along the way. I was impressed by the way Towers managed to imitate the mindsets of youngsters – in that regard the portrayal of little Ursula is a bit similar to Prissy in Tea with Mr. Rochester. […]


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