George does not want to be married to anyone, much less a quiet girl like Jane who cannot play the lute, sing, write poetry, or make witty jokes, but instead stands in the background watching all that happens around her. George enjoys singing, carousing, and gambling with a circle of friends, including his sister Anne. At first he is polite to Jane, but her obsessive attempts to gain his attention soon weary him and he becomes indifferent and often emotionally cruel. His constant solicitous, caring behavior toward Anne brings Jane to jealous rages and obsessive observations, which today would definitely be called stalking.With the story written from Jane's point of view, one would think she would be extremely sympathetic to the reader, yet my feelings for her ranged from confusion, to pity, to disgust. I could see where much of her social awkwardness came from, and living in a time when one did not talk to others about feelings and relationships the way we do today.
Being part of Henry VIII's court through five of his six wives, Jane has a unique perspective on each from her place on the sidelines. If you enjoy reading about this time in history, definitely get your hands on The Boleyn Wifeby Brandy Purdy.
I found this wonderful charcoal sketch by suburbanbeatnik online.