Inviolate They Shall Be

…while he spoke my very conscience and reason turned traitors against me, and charged me with the crime in resisting him. They spoke almost as loud as Feeling: and that clamoured wildly. OH, comply!

I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. I will hold to the principles received by me when I was sane, and not mad–as I am now. Laws and principles are not for the times when there is not 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 them, what would be their worth?

They have a worth–so I have always believed; and if I cannot believe it now, it is because I am insane–quite insane: with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs. Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations, are all I have at this hour to stand by:

There, I plant my foot.

-Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

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