Happy 202nd Birthday to Charlotte Brontë

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.
— Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë was born on this day in 1816 in Thornton, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She published her first, semi-autobiographical novel Jane Eyre in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bell. Shortly after she married Arthur Bell Nicholls, her father's curate, she became pregnant. However she grew increasingly ill and died, along with her unborn child, on March 31, 1855.