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Anne Bronte's moment novel is a passionate and brave problem to the conventions supposedly upheld via Victorian society and mirrored in circulating-library fiction. The heroine, Helen Huntingdon, after a brief interval of preliminary happiness, leaves her dissolute husband, and needs to earn her personal dwelling to rescue her son from his impression. The Tenant of Wildfell corridor is compelling in its innovative energy, the realism and variety of its discussion, and its mental perception into the characters inquisitive about a marital conflict.

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Bronte family moves to Haworth, Yorkshire, where Patrick Bronte is perpetual curate. ) Anne's mother dies. ) Anne's elder sisters, Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte, and Emily, are sent to the Clergy Daughters' School, Cowan Bridge, Lancashire. 4 1825 (6 May) Maria dies. (May-June) Elizabeth, Charlotte, and Emily return to Haworth. (15 June) Elizabeth dies. 5 1825-30 Bronte children at home, cared for by their aunt Elizabeth Branwell. ) Charlotte arrives at Miss Wooler's school, Roe Head, Mirfield, remaining there as pupil till May 1832.

But as the priceless treasure too frequently hides at the bottom of a well,* it needs some courage to dive for it, especially as he that does so will be likely to incur more scorn and obloquy for the mud and water into which he has ventured to plunge, than thanks for the jewel he procures; as, in like manner, she who undertakes the cleansing of a careless bachelor's apartment will be liable to more abuse for the dust she raises, than commendation for the clearance she effects. Let it not be imagined, however, that I consider myself competent to reform the errors and abuses of society, but only that I would fain contribute my humble quota towards so good an aim, and if I can gain the public ear at all, I would rather whisper a few wholesome truths therein than much soft nonsence.

He had a laudable care for his own bodily health—kept very early hours, regularly took a walk before breakfast, was vastly particular about warm and dry clothing, had never been known to preach a sermon without previously swallowing a raw egg— albeit he was gifted with good lungs and a powerful voice,— and was, generally, extremely particular about what he eat and drank, though by no means abstemious, and having a mode of dietary peculiar to himself,—being a great despiser of tea and such slops, and a patron of malt liquors, bacon and eggs, ham, hung beef, and other strong meats, which agreed well enough with his digestive organs, and therefore were maintained by him to be good and wholesome for everybody, and confidently recommended to the most delicate convalescents or dyspeptics, who, if they failed to derive the promised benefit from his prescriptions, were told it was because they had not persevered, and if they complained of inconvenient results therefrom, were assured it was all fancy.

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