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are a proof of the excitement under which you labour.’ ‘It is not
saying too much: I know what I feel, and how averse are my
inclinations to the bare thought of marriage. No one would take me
for love; and I will not be regarded in the light of a mere money
speculation. And I do not want a stranger-unsympathising, alien,
different from me; I want my kindred: those with whom I have full
fellow-feeling. Say again you will be my brother: when you uttered
the words I was satisfied, happy; repeat them, if you can, repeat
them sincerely.’ ‘I think I can. I know I have always loved my own
sisters; and I know on what my affection for them is grounded,-
respect for their worth and admiration of their talents. You too
have principle and mind: your tastes and habits resemble Diana’s
and Mary’s; your presence is always agreeable to me; in your
conversation I have already for some time found a salutary solace. I
feel I can easily and naturally make room in my heart for you, as
my third and youngest sister.’ ‘Thank you: that contents me for to-
night. Now you had better go; for if you stay longer, you will
perhaps irritate me afresh by some mistrustful scruple.’ ‘And the
school, Miss Eyre? It must now be shut up, I suppose?’ ‘No. I will
retain my post of mistress till you get a substitute.’ He smiled
approbation: we shook hands, and he took leave.

I need not narrate in detail the further struggles I had, and
arguments I used, to get matters regarding the legacy settled as I
wished. My task was a very hard one; but, as I was absolutely
resolved-as my cousins saw at length that my mind was really and
immutably fixed on making a just division of the property-as they
must in their own hearts have felt the equity of the intention; and
must, besides, have been innately conscious that in my place they
would have done precisely what I wished to do-they yielded at
length so far as to consent to put the affair to arbitration. The
judges chosen were Mr. Oliver and an able lawyer: both coincided
in my opinion: I carried my point. The instruments of transfer were
drawn out: St. John, Diana, Mary, and I, each became possessed of
a competency.
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