Wow. This was great. This makes sense—so much more sense than any of the speculations I came up with or read from anyone else about how they would adapt this aspect of it.
Other people have already commented on Simon’s … solution. But I’d like to add…
(mild spoilers below)
The thing I don’t understand is why Jane is feeling so powerless, considering the amount of wealth she has now. I know she decided she wasn’t goind to let it change her, but why not use it to do the work she feels needs to be done?
This is a good question. I think, though, that Jane has not had the money long enough to have a sense of how to use it. There’s SO much of it that it’s more intimidating than liberating. It’s a big responsibility. And I think she doesn’t know what she wants to be doing. Diana, even if she’s not involved with the project she could’ve done if she’d had the time and money sooner, has some sense of possibilities of what she might do with the money Jane gave her (which was, while a whole lot of money, still not much compared to what Jane has), because she is studying something she is passionate about. Jane has not found her passion.
Jane sounded pretty depressed at the beginning of this episode. Like, she’s sick of all the things that make her who she is. And I think that may be partly because she hasn’t given herself the freedom to really mourn the loss of her relationship with Rochester. She’s been wearing that mask. I think that’s part of what makes her feel powerless. Honestly, I think that how she feels is entirely independent of money. She just noticed that nothing has changed since she made her first video over a year ago, even though she was brave and did all these things, and then she just ended up back where she started. (Except, okay, rich.) But what she hasn’t quite processed yet is that she isn’t back where she started. First of all, she has a (chosen) family; she’s not alone anymore. Furthermore, she has had some life experiences she had not had before. Yes, she did get hurt, but… as she said, “this, too, was a gift”.
I guess I don’t think that suddenly having a lot of money automatically and fully empowers you.