I finished the book!
I'm sure the world doesn't really need another review of Jane Eyre so I'll keep this more general with my impressions of the book and sharing some more quotes that I loved. I will say that the excellence of Jane Eyre the novel lies in the excellence of Jane Eyre the character. Late in the book, another character sums up her personality by saying, "Jane, you are docile, diligent, disinterested, faithful, constant, and courageous; very gentle, and very heroic". It is this compilation of traits that make her such a magnetic narrator and protagonist and makes her story so engaging.
Here's a few more Jane Eyre quotes I loved:
"It is a happy thing that time quells the longings of vengeance and hushes the promptings of rage and aversion." (4324)
"...there is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort." (4625)
"The rooks cawed, and blither birds sang; but nothing was so merry or so musical as my own rejoicing heart." (4850)
"Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break therm, what would be their worth?" (6007)
"...if you are a Christian, you ought not to consider poverty a crime." (6501)
"I have not much pride under such circumstances: I would always rather be happy than dignified;" (7803)
"I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth." (8608)Brontë has a wonderful talent with words and her elegant style and first person voice made this book a true joy to read and digest. It rightfully earns its place as a classic and I'm glad that I finally took the plunge and tackled it!