Rochester: Must I really lose a faithful paid subordinate such as yourself?
Jane: You must.
R: We’ve been good friends, haven’t we?
J: Yes, sir.
R: I’ve a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. And if you were to leave, I’m afraid that cord of communion would snap. And I have a notion that I’d take to bleeding inwardly.* As for you, you’d forget me.
J: How? I have lived a full life here. I have not been trampled on. I have not been petrified. I have not been excluded from every glimpse of what is bright. I have known you, Mr. Rochester, and it strikes me with anguish to be torn from you.
R: Then why must you leave?
J: Because of your wife!
R: I have no wife!
J: But you are to be married.
R: Jane, you must stay.
J: And become nothing to you? Am I a machine without feelings? Do you think that because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little that I am soulless and heartless? I have as much soul as you and full as much heart. And if God had blessed me with beauty and wealth, I could make it as hard for you to leave me as it is for I to leave you. I’m not speaking to you through mortal flesh. It is my spirit that addresses your spirit. As if we’d passed through the grave and stood at God’s feet equal, as we are!
R: As we are.
J: I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.
R: Then let your will decide your destiny. I offer you my hand, my heart. Jane, I ask you to pass through life at my side. You are my equal and my likeness. Will you marry me?
J: Are you mocking me?
R: Do you doubt me?
Ohmagaaah. This scene. Palpitations in my heart.
*I mean, really. Really? Really.
I agree!! If I was to be proposed by a man like Edward, I would totally react like Jane. SUPER DUPER SINUS TACHYCARDIA. I am still plain, obscure, poor and little but not heartless and soulless! Super Mega Foxy Awesome Hot!!!