A withering riposte to any attempt at ensnarement or wing-clipping. Mr. Rochester tries to bind Jane to him but soon learns that nothing will drive her away faster.
‘Jane, be still; don’t struggle so, like a wild frantic bird that is rending its own plumage in its desperation.’
‘I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will…’
Source: Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (London: Bounty Books, 2012 (1847)), p. 330
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