Happy 200th Birthday Miss Brontë!
“The truest love that ever heart
Felt at its kindled core,
Did through each vein, in quickened start,
The tide of being pour ….
I dreamed it would be nameless bliss,
As I loved, loved to be;
And to this object did I press
As blind as eagerly ….
My love has sworn, with sealing kiss,
With me to live – to die
I have at last my nameless bliss:
As I love – loved am I!”
– Rochester’s Song for Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
“My future husband was becoming to me my whole world; and more than the world: almost my hope of heaven. He stood between me and every thought of religion, as an eclipse intervenes between man and the broad sun. I could not, in those days, see God for His creature: of whom I had made an idol.”
– Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
“‘You have attacked me without provocation: I shall defend myself without apology.’”
– Shirley, Charlotte Brontë
“‘I am anchored on a resolve you cannot shake. My heart, my conscience shall dispose of my hand – they only. Know this at last.’”
–Shirley, Charlotte Brontë
Girl with a Green Heart