FoC 113: Does a Wife in the Attic Make Your Marriage Invalid? And Other Jane Eyre Questions with Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

We’re thrilled to have Catholic novelist Eleanor Bourg Nicholson back with us today discussing one of our favorite books of all time: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Eleanor is a wife, homeschooling mother of four, director of religious education at her parish, former assistant editor at Dappled Things and the Saint Austin Review, has previously published a novella entitled The Letters of Magdalen Montague, and she has also edited the Ignatius Critical editions of DraculaMansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility.

In this episode we nerd out on all things Jane Eyre! We start out with the importance of reading the classics and how good books make our souls expand. We also cover the very important questions such as whether Mr. Rochester’s marriage to Bertha was really valid and if he could have gotten an annulment and saved Jane a whole lot of heartbreak. We have OPINIONS! So grab a cup of strong tea and imagine you’re about to embark on a blustery walk on the moor.

Eleanor’s new book:

A Bloody Habit

Remember to use the coupon code CARROTS when ordering any of the Ignatius Critical Editions of the classics we discussed OR Eleanor’s book from Ignatius Press to get 25% off!

Books we talked about today:

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Mansfield Park 


Jane Eyre

Great Expectations

Hard Times

A Christmas Carol

Wide Sargasso Sea

About Ignatius Critical Editions

Our past episode with Eleanor: Delving into the Mind of a Catholic Novelist

How to connect with Eleanor:

Thanks again to Ignatius Press for sponsoring today’s episode! What better time to read or re-read the classics than summer? Use coupon code CARROTS to get 25% off the retail price of the Ignatius Critical Editions, including classics such as Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, and Wuthering Heights. Each title includes footnotes as well as critical essays from Catholic writers and academics, including today’s guest Eleanor Bourg Nicholson.  See the full list of titles at or search by title at Ignatius Press is also extending this discount to Eleanor Nicholson’s novel, A Bloody Habit. Use coupon code CARROTS at checkout. Offer expires August 31. 2019.


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