Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (1847)

“How stern you look now! Your eyebrows have become as thick as my finger, and your forehead resembles, what, in some very astonishing poetry, I once saw styled, ‘a blue-piled thunder-loft.’ That will be your married look, sir, I suppose?”

“If that will be your married look, I, as a Christian, will soon give up the notion of consorting with a mere sprite or salamander. But what had you to ask, thing?–out with it.”

“There, you are less than civil now; and I like rudeness a great deal better than flattery. I had rather be a thing than an angel.”

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