I Have as Much Soul as You
"Do you think I can stay to become nothing to you? Do you think I am an automaton?--a machine without feelings? And can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless?
You think wrong!--I have as much soul as you,--and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you.
I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor ever of mortal flesh;--it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both has passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal,--as we are!"
Excerpt from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte