Yikes! The water in their water pitchers was frozen in the morning. Now, when I was a kid, we lived in Michigan, and I slept in the attic. The nails on the walls would get frost on them overnight during the winter, so it was pretty nippy. But that's nothing compared to frozen water.
And poor Helen Burns. I'm afraid I'm much more of Jane Eyre's inclinations. I want to strike out at injustice, not patiently endure it. And yet, I know Helen is correct -- "It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you -- and besides, the Bible bids us return good for evil" (p. 67). Like Jane, I find this unnatural... and yet, I know in my heart and head that Helen's way is more God-pleasing.
I love how Helen is saved from being a goody-two-shoes by having bad habits -- she's untidy and disorganized, which keeps her from being too saintlike.
"It is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear" (p. 68).
"Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs" (p. 71).
Possible Discussion Question:
Helen Burns says that when Miss Temple teachers her, she is only good "in a passive way; I make no effort; I follow as inclination guides me. There is no merit in such goodness" (p. 69). Do you think being good when you want to be good is less moral than being good when you don't want to be?