《简·爱》（Jane Eyre）是十九世界英国作家夏洛蒂·勃兰特(Charlotte Bronte)颇具自传色彩的作品。讲述了一位寄人篱下的孤女简爱，幼时受尽寄养家庭和孤儿院的歧视和虐待，却依旧不懈地寻求自由、尊严、爱。后在谋求家庭教师的缘由下来到了桑恩费尔德庄园，以自身独立于世俗的坚韧人格与美好心灵获得了庄主罗切斯特的亲睐。
'I tell you I must go!' I retorted, roused to something like passion. '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 even of mortal flesh;- it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal,- as we are!'
文中Jane说自己poor, obscure, plain, little。在这里Obscure是默默无闻的，无名的，鲜为人知
的意思，也就是unknown。Plain是相貌平平的（looks ordinary and not at all beautiful）。