the ordinary princess

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I reread Jane Eyre and I checked out a copy from the library because my childhood copy is a bit elderly and fragile. It happened to be a Penguin Classics edition with footnotes, some of which were actually enlightening and some of which…well.

At the very end (spoilers if you haven't read Jane Eyre, I guess), Mr. Rochester says "Do you know, Jane, I have your little pearl necklace at this moment fastened round my bronze scrag under my cravat?" This was footnoted "scrag: Usually defined as 'neck', which does not make sense: probably an ornamental pin beneath the cravat". I find this proposed reading so contrary and baffling that I have created the following poll:

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