'To myself alone could I look'
Jane Eyre and Lucy Snowe are heroines who depend upon no one but themselves.
In the face of hardship, from small sacrifices to great heartache, they cling resolutely to their principles of self-reliance. Lucy's energy and enterprise take her to Belgium and a career in teaching, whilst Jane's honest, intelligent mind draws declarations of love.
Both are the unforgettable creations of the deeply independent and brilliant Charlotte Bronte.
Selected from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Villette.