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while the others were accepted . It lias certainly much , more artistic merit of that in terrible it than wild " Agnes streng Grey th of : " thoug and on ht the and other utterance hand rampant it has none in
vention " "Wuthering alities Hei of a ghts publi , " sher which . , mi Perh g _^ ht ap well s tlie fri reason ghten Until Is the to be tender Crimsworth found con in - tlie flat uninteresting character of the opening .
gets settled in the pensionnat abroad there is little to tempt one to farther perusalThen the story becomes interesting . _Zoraide Reuter and
. Frances Henri are admirably drawn : there is nothing to come near them in the ordinary range of fiction . Pelet is good , and the
sketches of the Belgian girls are _unsiirpassible . Hunsden is throughout unsatisfactory : he is manifestly drawn from the life line by
line , and yet for the reader he never has any existence : he is ( to the reader ) a lay-fiput into a rigid attitude , without even a
covering mantle on gure which the fancy can be exercised . It seems to us that this is attributable to the false position of tlie writer . Miss
Bronte paints Hunsden from the life as he appeared to her , a womannot as lie would have appeared to Crimsworth , a man ; and
yet it , is Crimsworth and not Miss Bronte who tells the reader about him . Here the realism , of the described and the falsism of
the describer do not harmonise . In the " Professor , " the life at the Brussels _peizsionnat is depicted icture in
with . much , general accuracy . The picture here and the p Villette are the same , only seen from different points of view . This
Brussels life seems to have exercised a great effect upon Charlotte . Oyer Emilas we have said beforeit had no appreciable influence ;
in her the y , home-love was so strong , ly rooted that no change of climate could permanently affect it ; it remained shut up and
selfenclosed under the -wintry aspect of foreign skies , opening again untouched and unchanged at the spring time of return home . "With
Charlotte it was different . She remained abroad longer than Emily , and thus perhaps became more acclimatised ; she had less
self-confidence than Emily , and here , under the judicious tutelage of M . Hegeradvanced greatly in that power of self-measurement and
selfestimation , in which she was deficient ; she here for the first time ht a limpse of that world which she was so desirous to see ;
there caugg have been other circumstancesbutat all eventsthis Brussels may sojourn was a crisis which acted perceptibl , , y on her after , -
life . Two of her books she has founded upon it , and its effects are noticeable in all . In the year 1845 she writes , " There -was a
time when Haworth was a very pleasant place to me ; it is not so now . I feel as if we were all buried here . I long to travel ; to
work ; to live a life of action . _" In the same year a friend of hers tells her that " she ought not to stay at home ; that to spend the
next five years at home , in solitude and -weals : health , would ruin her ; that she would never recover it . Such a dark shadow came over her
face when I said , ' Think of what you'll be _& ve years hence ! ' that
I stopped , and said , ' Don't cry , Charlotte . ' It is very evident that
414 Notices Of Books.
414 NOTICES OF BOOKS .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Feb. 1, 1860, page 414, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01021860/page/54/