A wonderful description of how Jane’s potential to blossom intellectually and emotionally is triggered by her relationship with Mr. Rochester. Both of them defy the conventions of their time and she, having far fewer resources to draw on both financially and as a woman, is all the more admirable for not being convention-crushed.
‘I have not been trampled on …. I have talked, face to face, with what I reverence, with what I delight in, – with an original, a vigorous, an expanded mind I have known you, Mr. Rochester.’
Source: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (London: Bounty Books, 2012 (1847)), p. 329
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