The touching, palpable sense of expansion and hope that comes of being treated with respect and affection.  This is a powerful and recurring theme: the need for freedom and being loved strongly and simply and for yourself.


‘My thin crescent-destiny seemed to enlarge.’


Source: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (London: Bounty Books, 2012 (1847)), p. 190

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