As one of the Brontë sisters, Charlotte Brontë is known and adored by romance lovers and the reading community. Her most famous novel, Jane Eyre has stayed one of the most iconic romance pieces since the 19th century! Goes to show just how incredible and forward-thinking it was that it still has lovers today.
Jane Eyre is a bildungsroman piece, meaning it follows the psychological growth of a protagonist as they age into adulthood. The novel is divided into 38 chapters but was originally published serially in three volumes.
Initially published under Charlotte Brontë’s pen name, Currer Bell, Jane Eyre follows the heroine of the same name as she explores adulthood and her love for the moody Mr. Rochester. At first glance, this novel already sounds a lot like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; the love story of a feminist and rich, brooding man seemingly the popular topic of the time!
Here are a few quotes you are certain to enjoy from the infamous Jane Eyre.
“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear. Your mind is my treasure, and if it were broken, it would be my treasure still.”Words of love from Mr. Rochester himself, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“Her coming was my hope each day,
Her parting was my pain;
The chance that did her steps delay,
Was ice in every vein.”Song sung by Mr. Rochester, “ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“What necessity is there to dwell on the Past, when the Present is so much surer–the Future so much brighter?”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“It is always the way of events in this life…no sooner have you got settled in a pleasant resting place, than a voice calls out to you to rise and move on, for the hour of repose is expired.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“I loved him very much – more than I could trust myself to say – more than words had power to express.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“A beauty neither of fine colour nor long eyelash, nor penciled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“It is a pity that doing one’s best does not always answer.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“I am not an angel… and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
“Beauty is in the eye of the gazer.”
And finally, the notorious first line of the last chapter.
“Reader, I married him.”Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
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