I love you better now, when I can really be useful to you, than I did in your state of proud independence, when you disdained every part but that of the giver and protector.

– Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, Chapter 37. Jane tells Rochester that she loves him even more now, after he tells her that she will have to “bear with my infirmities…”overlook my deficiencies.” Jane wants to take care of him and Rocheser for his part admits that he is now more willing “to be helped – to be led.” Rochester’s injuries and the fact that he now needs Jane have made their relationship more equal. Equality is very important to Jane.