'I am very happy, Jane; and when you hear that I am dead, you must be sure and not grieve about. We all must die one day, and the illness which is removing me is not painful; it is gentle and gradual: my mind is at rest. I leave no one to regret me much: I have only a father; and he is lately married, and will not miss me. By dying young, I shall escape great sufferings. I had not qualities or talents to make my way very well in the world; I should have been continually at falt.'
Charlotte Brontë. Jane Eyre. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2001. p. 69.