The 25 Most Homoerotic Friendships in Literature

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Jane Eyre and Helen Burns, Jane Eyre

Alll of Jane’s relationships with men are fraught by power dynamics and controlling, but not her girlhood friendship with Helen Burns:

 And I clasped my arms closer round Helen; she seemed dearer to me than ever; I felt as if I could not let her go; I lay with my face hidden on her neck. Presently she said, in the sweetest tone —”How comfortable I am! That last fit of coughing has tired me a little; I feel as if I could sleep: but don’t leave me, Jane; I like to have you near me.”

“I’ll stay with you, dear Helen: no one shall take me away.”

“Are you warm, darling?”

“Yes.”

“Good-night, Jane.”

“Good-night, Helen.”

She kissed me, and I her, and we both soon slumbered.