What a singularly deep impression her injustice seems to have made on your heart! No ill-usage so brands its record on my feelings. Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited? Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.

– Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, Chapter 6. Helen Burns challenges Jane about holding on to her hatred and bitterness towards Mrs. Reed and John Reed. She advises Jane that she would be happier if she let go of her anger, as life is too short to be nursing grievances about the wrongs done to us. Helen is a devout Christian who symbolizes the Christian ideals of tolerence and forgiveness.