Birds are regularly used by Bronte as emblems of vulnerability or fragility – here this small creature is depicted as a source of hope.

‘It seemed as if a linnet had hopped to my foot and proposed to bear me on its tiny wing.’


Source: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (London: Bounty Books, 2012 (1847)), p. 408

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