For the first time
‘No, Jane,’ he returned: ‘what necessity is there to dwell on the Past, when the Present is so much surer—the Future so much brighter?’
‘You see now how the case stands—do you not?’ he continued. ‘After a youth and manhood passed half in unutterable misery and half in dreary solitude, I have for the first time found what I can truly love—I have found you. You are my sympathy—my better self—my good angel. I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wraps my existence about you, and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.