What We Quote, But Never Read: New Student Column

Heard of a classic book, but never actually read it? Maybe with some investigation, it could be worth the read…Check out The Underground’s new column, “What We Quote, but Never Read,” by DePaul sophomore, Avery Cunningham!

What We Quote, But Never Read

A monthly column that reviews the classics, the novels we scholars love to reference and quote, but never bother to read. Yes, those novels like Moby DickLes Miserables, and anything by Tolstoy. Yet, this column is not just about reviewing the classics, but relating them to our modern, youth culture, and proving how an old favorite is just as influential and relevant as anything fresh from the New York Times Bestsellers list. With a new review per month, be reintroduced to the old school side of the literary spectrum, and discover why it truly was the best of times, and the worst of times.


Today, when someone even mentions the word angst amongst the movie-going public, the image of a glittering teenager with great hair involuntarily comes to mind, or boy-wizards born into saving a world that most don’t even know exists. Yet, the pop-culture heart throbs of today are not the world’s first brooding, troubled souls that we, otherwise sensible, females cannot help falling for.

Mr. Edward Rochester – the leading male of Charlotte Brontë’s love story – may not have fangs or a wand, but the tragedy is just as profound. Living against the depressing landscape of the 19th century English countryside, Mr. Rochester is the image of the Victorian elite, yet beneath a chilled exterior is a man capable of great compassion who wishes for simplicity in a chaotic world, and freedom from a mad past that he never wanted. Solely burdened with a terrifying secret, Mr. Rochester is more the damsel than the knight, trapped in the ivory towers of his own guilt.

Enter heroine.

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