Ere I had finished this reply, my soul began to expand, to exult, with the strangest sense of freedom, of triumph, I ever felt. It seemed as if an invisible bond had burst, and that I had struggled out into unhoped-for liberty.

– Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, Chapter 4. After her fiery tirade against her Aunt Reed’s cruel behavior, hypocrisy and deceitfulness, Jane feels liberated. Having spoken out against the tyranny of Gateshead Hall, the strong-willed and determined Jane exults in her new empowering feeling of freedom.