Mr. Rochester, if ever I did a good deed in my life – if ever I thought a good thought – if ever I prayed a sincere and blameless prayer – if ever I wished a righteous wish, I am rewarded now. To be your wife is, for me, to be as happy as I can be on earth.

– Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, Chapter 37. Rochester asks Jane to marry him and she joyfully accepts without hesitation. Two independent spirits have finally pledged a life together in love.