Asked • 08/22/19

Would a reader of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea miss anything essential without knowing about Jane Eyre?

I read Jean Rhys's _Wide Sargasso Sea_ without ever having heard of _Jane Eyre_. I didn't see even it was a prequel to another work, because I try to avoid spoilers on the back of the book.What, if anything, would I have missed while reading _Wide Sargasso Sea_? For example, were there references to characters who are also in _Jane Eyre_? Or direct allusions to events that would happen later?In my reading, I felt the book lacked depth, and I wonder if it's because there was a whole other thread to the plot that I was completely missing.

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