I touched the heath: it was dry, and yet warm with the heat of the summer day. I looked at the sky; it was pure: a kindly star twinkled just above the chasm ridge. The dew fell, but with propitious softness; no breeze whispered. Nature seemed to me benign and good; I thought she loved me, outcast as I was; and I, who from man could anticipate only mistrust, rejection, insult, clung to her with filial fondness. To-night, at least, I would be her guest, as I was her child: my mother would lodge me without money and without price.

– Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, Chapter 27. Jane’s relationship with the natural world is explored here. After her flight from Thornfield, Jane finds herself on the heath at nightfall and finds nature kind and nurturing. Even when alone and at her most desolate, Jane relies on nature to take care of her and make her feel loved – it is now her home and family.