In the preface to the second edition of Jane Eyre, Brontë writes:
Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee, is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.
This quotation sets the tone for the novel as a whole. The author's words here present the claim that