Jane Eyre (1847)
In her classic novel, Charlotte Bronte puts these words in the mouth of Helen Burns, a fellow student of Jane's at the abusive Lowood School, who not only stands for loyalty and friendship, but also the possibilities of Christianity for patience, acceptance and tolerance.
Those were excellent qualities to emulate in Bronte’s turbulent early Victorian Era, and they remain so in our equally disruptive if faster-passed time.
(The image accompanying this post shows a very young Elizabeth Taylor as Helen in the 1944 Hollywood adaptation of Jane Eyre.)
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