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PREFACE<br />
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A preface to the first edition of &ldquo;Jane Eyre&rdquo; being unnecessary, I gave none: this second edition demands a few words both of acknowledgment and miscellaneous remark.<br />
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My thanks are due in three quarters.<br />
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To the Public, for the indulgent ear it has inclined to a plain tale with few pretensions.<br />
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To the Press, for the fair field its honest suffrage has opened to an obscure aspirant.<br />
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To my Publishers, for the aid their tact, their energy, their practical sense and frank liberality have afforded an unknown and unrecommended Author.<br />
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The Press and the Public are but vague personifications for me, and I must thank them in vague terms; but my Publishers are definite: so are certain generous critics who have encouraged me as only large-hearted and high-minded men know how to encourage a struggling stranger; to them, i.e., to my Publishers and the select Reviewers, I say cordially, Gentlemen, I thank you from my heart.<br />
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Having thus acknowledged what I owe those who have aided and approved me, I turn to another class; a small one, so far as I know, but not, therefore, to be overlooked.&nbsp;&nbsp;I mean the timorous or carping few who doubt the tendency of such books as &ldquo;Jane Eyre:&rdquo; in whose eyes whatever is unusual is wrong; whose ears detect in each protest against bigotry&mdash;that parent of crime&mdash;an insult to piety, that regent of God on earth.&nbsp;&nbsp;I would suggest to such doubters certain obvious distinctions; I would remind them of certain simple truths.<br />
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Conventionality is not morality.&nbsp;&nbsp;Self-righteousness is not religion.&nbsp;&nbsp;To attack the first is not to assail the last.&nbsp;&nbsp;To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee, is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.<br />
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These things and deeds are diametrically opposed: they are as distinct as is vice from virtue.&nbsp;&nbsp;Men too often confound them: they should not be confounded: appearance should not be mistaken for truth; narrow human doctrines, that only tend to elate and magnify a few, should not be substituted for the world-redeeming creed of Christ.&nbsp;&nbsp;There is&mdash;I repeat it&mdash;a difference; and it is a good, and not a bad action to mark broadly and clearly the line of separation between them.<br />
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The world may not like to see these ideas dissevered, for it has been accustomed to blend them; finding it convenient to make external show pass for sterling worth&mdash;to let white-washed walls vouch for clean shrines.&nbsp;&nbsp;It may hate him who dares to scrutinise and expose&mdash;to rase the gilding, and show base metal under it&mdash;to penetrate the sepulchre, and reveal charnel relics: but hate as it will, it is indebted to him.