I was sorry for her; I was amazed, disgusted at her heartless vanity; I wondered why so much beauty should be given to those who made so bad a use of it, and denied to some who would make it a benefit to both themselves and others.
But, God knows best, I concluded. There are, I suppose, some men as vain, as selfish, and as heartless as she is, and, perhaps, such women may be useful to punish them."
Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey (via whimsies-emiliecatherine)
Brontë, Anne. “Agnes Grey.” (via abookishtype)
(VII, Chapter III, p. 184-5)
Emily Brontë (via bibliophiling)
Jane Eyre is proud, and therefore she is ungrateful too. It pleased God to make her an orphan, friendless, and penniless—yet she thanks nobody, and least of all Him, for the food and raiment, the friends, companions, and instructors of her helpless youth… On the contrary, she looks upon all that has been done for her not only as her undoubted right, but as falling far short of it.
- Quarterly Review (December 1848)
Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life, Lyndall Gorndon, p314 (via fycharlottebronte)