Because this song reminds me of two different characters I decided to present both. You can choose which one appeals to you more, turning the music into a “choose your own adventure” of sorts. As always, I love hearing about what other characters the music reminds you of in the comments section so please feel free to share!
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Jane Eyre (Option 1)
and Anna Karenina (Option 2)
“I come all undone in the face of your indifference
I think that a broken heart is the only thing to call this”
Option 1: Bertha Mason
Rochester claims he never actually loved his insane wife–that he was fooled. Perhaps she sings this song about him after he locks her up due to her growing insanity…
Option 2: Anna Karenina
She may not be physically far away from Vronsky once she officially leaves her husband, but she definitely begins to doubt his love for her and worries that he is indifferent. She becomes jealous and angry and wants him to suffer (“The sound of my footsteps will follow you home at night / You’ll turn ’round but there won’t be a soul in sight”), but only out of her intense love for him.
There’s definitely an element of creepiness in the song that relates to both characters. Which one do you prefer? Do you like connecting music to literary characters or do you prefer listening in a different way?
Check out the whole collection of songs connected to book characters here: Songs For Every Book