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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