"I have undergone sharp discipline which has taught me wisdom; and then, I have read more than you would fancy." Emily Brontë
still figuring this place out - Jen W
This is the second book where I've noted that a - perhaps the - critical plot point occurs at exactly the middle of the story. The other was in The Portrait of Lady. And both have to do with a marriage: one might stretch it to say, the joining together of two halves.
I like this. It feels right. And, with Dickens and James, I believe it is entirely intentional.