Nancy Garrs (1803-86), servant of the Bronte family. She and her sister Sarah were described in Elizabeth Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Bronte as “rough affectionate warm-hearted, wasteful sisters”. This was countered by Rev. Patrick Bronte in a testimonial describing them as “kind to my children, and honest, and not wasteful.” Nancy eventually died in the local workhouse.
..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 <3! 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.. Ch. 23, Jane Eyre