Apart from being the Queen’s 90th birthday (move aside, Your Majesty), today also marks the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth! To celebrate, we’ve decided to grace you with a chapter from Jane Eyre – arguably her most important novel and the one she’s most famous for.
We’ve picked Chapter 12 for you to enjoy, in the hope that you’ll be compelled to read the whole novel – if you haven’t already that is. There are many elements that make this chapter great, not least the fact that it contains one our favourite Brontë quotes:
‘Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel: they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do […] and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing the piano and embroidering bags.’
Take that, Victorian society.
Enjoy, and tweet us your own favourite quotes!
Words by Emilie Chambeyron