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Villette Villette is Charlotte Bront s powerful autobiographical novel of one woman s search for true love, edited with an introduction by Helen M Cooper in Penguin ClassicsWith neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girls boarding school in the small town of Villette There, she struggles to retain her self possession in the face of unruly pupils, the hostility of headmistress Madame Beck, and her own complex feelings first for the school s English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor Paul Emanuel Drawing on her own deeply unhappy experiences as a governess in Brussels, Charlotte Bront sautobiographical novel, the last published during her lifetime, is a powerfully moving study of loneliness and isolation, and the pain of unrequited love, narrated by a heroine determined to preserve an independent spirit in the face of adverse circumstancesHelen M Cooper s new introduction places the novel in the context of Bront s life and career and argues for the importance of the novel as an exploration of imperialismCharlotte Bront , eldest of the Bront sisters, was born in Thornton, West Yorkshire Jane Eyre was first published inunder the pen name Currer Bell, and was followed by Shirleyand ViletteInCharlotte Bront married her father s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls She died during her pregnancy onMarchin Haworth, Yorkshire The Professor was posthumously published in If you liked Villette, you may enjoy Elizabeth Gaskell s Cranford, also available in Penguin Classics I am only just returned to a sense of real wonder about me, for I have been reading Villette George Eliot Her finest novel Virginia Woolf


About the Author: Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Bront was a British novelist, the eldest out of the three famous Bront sisters whose novels have become standards of English literature See also Emily Bront and Anne Bront.Charlotte Bront was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, the third of six children, to Patrick Bront formerly Patrick Brunty , an Irish Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Maria Branwell In April 1820 the family moved a few miles to Haworth, a remote town on the Yorkshire moors, where Patrick had been appointed Perpetual Curate This is where the Bront children would spend most of their lives Maria Branwell Bront died from what was thought to be cancer on 15 September 1821, leaving five daughters and a son to the care of her spinster sister Elizabeth Branwell, who moved to Yorkshire to help the family.In August 1824 Charlotte, along with her sisters Emily, Maria, and Elizabeth, was sent to the Clergy Daughters School at Cowan Bridge in Lancashire, a new school for the daughters of poor clergyman which she would describe as Lowood School in Jane Eyre The school was a horrific experience for the girls and conditions were appalling They were regularly deprived of food, beaten by teachers and humiliated for the slightest error The school was unheated and the pupils slept two to a bed for warmth Seven pupils died in a typhus epidemic that swept the school and all four of the Bront girls became very ill Maria and Elizabeth dying of tuberculosis in 1825 Her experiences at the school deeply affected Bront her health never recovered and she immortalised the cruel and brutal treatment in her novel, Jane Eyre Following the tragedy, their father withdrew his daughters from the school.At home in Haworth Parsonage, Charlotte and the other surviving children Branwell, Emily, and Anne continued their ad hoc education In 1826 her father returned home with a box of toy soldiers for Branwell They would prove the catalyst for the sisters extraordinary creative development as they immediately set to creating lives and characters for the soldiers, inventing a world for them which the siblings called Angria The siblings became addicted to writing, creating stories, poetry and plays Bront later said that the reason for this burst of creativity was that We were wholly dependent on ourselves and each other, on books and study, for the enjoyments and occupations of life The highest stimulus, as well as the liveliest pleasure we had known from childhood upwards, lay in attempts at literary composition After her father began to suffer from a lung disorder, Charlotte was again sent to school to complete her education at Roe Head school in Mirfield from 1831 to 1832, where she met her lifelong friends and correspondents, Ellen Nussey and Mary Taylor During this period 1833 , she wrote her novella The Green Dwarf under the name of Wellesley The school was extremely small with only ten pupils meaning the top floor was completely unused and believed to be supposedly haunted by the ghost of a young lady dressed in silk This story fascinated Bront and inspired the figure of Mrs Rochester in Jane Eyre.Bront left the school after a few years, however she swiftly returned in 1835 to take up a position as a teacher, and used her wages to pay for Emily and Anne to be taught at the school Teaching did not appeal to Bront and in 1838 she left Roe Head to become a governess to the Sidgewick family partly from a sense of adventure and a desire to see the world, and partly from financial necessity Charlotte became pregnant soon after her wedding, but her health declined rapidly and, according to biographer Elizabeth Gaskell, she was attacked by sensations of perpetual nausea and ever recurring faintness She died, with her unborn child, on 31 March 1855.



10 thoughts on “Villette

  1. Ginny Ginny says:

    Lucy Snowe hates you She s writing her story for you, you re experiencing the most intimate contact there can be between two people, and she hates you It makes for a hard read.Her older sister, Jane you remember her she loved you Most of you probably had to read her story in high school, whereas not one teacher in a thousand would touch Villette. Nor should they High


  2. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage, so peril, loneliness, an uncertain future, are not oppressive evils, so long as the frame is healthy and the faculties are employed so long, especially, as Liberty lends us her wings, and Hope guides us by her star When I was growing up in Kansas, my father farmed and worked long hours, and my mother worked the night shi


  3. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    Still 5 starsI loved this novel Obsessive reader as I am, I feel simply obligated to consume all kinds of reviews and discussions after finishing a book that left me in awe and baffled This time I even ventured into the territory of critical analyses and interpretations Many things came up during my quest to find out what people think of the heroine of Villette and the book as a whole


  4. Kelly Kelly says:

    This book is better than Jane Eyre, guys This is where Charlotte Bronte shows her real brilliance I hovered between giving this two stars and four for about half the book because I really wasn t sure what was going on beneath the surface But then I figured out that I was stupid and didn t see half of the things that Charlotte Bronte had done She s brilliant Her narrator is completely unreliabl


  5. WILLIAM2 WILLIAM2 says:

    With this, I think, fourth reading, the book reconstitutes itself utterly fresh yet familiar I still find it surprising in ways I could not have appreciated earlier, as if another layer of the narrative complexity were revealing itself It seems logical to reread books an author has put through multiple drafts If reading is a parallel act of creation, rereading is to contrast multiple impressions over t


  6. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    891 Villette, Charlotte Bront Villette is an 1853 novel written by English author Charlotte Bront After an unspecified family disaster, the protagonist Lucy Snowe travels from her native England to the fictional French speaking city of Villette to teach at a girls school, where she is drawn into adventure and romance Villette was Charlotte Bront s fourth novel, it was preceded by The Professor her posthumously published first novel, of which Villette is a reworking , Jane Eyre, and Shirle 891 Villette, Charlotte Bront Villette is an 1853 novel written by English author Charlotte Bront After an unspecified family disaster, the protagonist Lucy Snowe travels from her native England to the fictional French speaking city of Villette to teach at a girls school, where she is drawn into adventure and romance Villette was Charlotte Bront s fourth novel, it was preceded by The Professor her posthumously published first novel, of which Villette is a reworking , Jane Eyre, and Shirley 1988 1365 1369 1372


  7. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Lucy Snowe a plain looking quiet 23 year old intelligent woman in need of money and help, stating it mildly she has no family left in England in an era before Victoria came to the throne, her godmother Mrs Bretton who lived in a small town ironically named Bretton, has moved to colossal London with her handsome son John Graham, no way to find the widow there Still Lucy is not without skill, she is a capable resourceful


  8. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Having read Jane Eyre recently for the first time, it was suggested I read Villette.A fantastic Kindle Freebie I thought this story was terrific equally as good as Jane Eyre Lucy Snowe.lonely, introverted,..and somewhat emotionally unavailable.it s easy to feel empathy towards her harder to understand what she is thinking yetshe was easy to relate to I could understand her struggles of bumping up against isolation and doubting w


  9. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    I finished Jane Eyre and I knew what I was going to write, I finish Villette and I am quite unclear.My initial expectation was that it would repeat the earlier story woman, abused childhood, education, passionate love, obstacle, punishments and rewards Perhaps in large it does The madwoman in the attic motif is repeated, this something that lodged in Bronte s imagination.Again the pathological sense of difference between the British and


  10. Meredith Holley Meredith Holley says:

    It is not possible for me to talk about this book without somehow spoiling it I ll hide the main spoilers, but there are some pretty awesome twists and turns in this book, so I recommend reading it with eyes that are innocent of review spoilers.I have had this weird experience lately where books or movies or TV I watch are almost always either uncannily similar to my life like, exact words I ve said recently or experiences I ve had or totally off


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