Charlotte Brontė, the Woman: A Study

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Charles Scribner's Sons, 1916 - 95 pages
 

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Page 77 - I cannot express it, but surely you and everybody have a notion that there is, or should be an existence of yours beyond you. What were the use of my creation if I were entirely contained here ? My great miseries in this world
Page 10 - letter: such a vehement impatience of restraint and steady work; such a strong wish for wings, wings such as wealth can furnish; such an earnest thirst to see, to know, to learn ; something internal seemed to expand bodily for a minute. I was tantalised by the consciousness of faculties unexercised—then all collapsed and I despaired.
Page 39 - In philanthropic schemes for the benefit of society at large she took a cheerful part; no private sorrow touched her. . .. Not the agony in Gethsemane, not the death on Calvary, could have wrung from her eyes one tear. " I say again, Madame was a very great and a very capable woman.
Page 36 - I said I was perishing for a word of advice or an accent of comfort. I had been living for some weeks quite alone; I had been ill; I had a pressure of affliction on my mind of which it could hardly any longer endure the weight." "'Was it a sin, a crime ?
Page 66 - such a dark shadow came over her face when I said: ' Think of what you'll be five years hence,' that I stopped and said, 'Don't cry, Charlotte.' She did not cry, but went on walking up and down the room, and said in a little while, ' But I intend to stay, Polly.'
Page 27 - I think if you can respect a person before marriage moderate love at least will come after; and as to intense passion, I am convinced that that is no desirable feeling. In the first place, it seldom or never meets with a requital; and in the second place, if it did, the feeling would be only temporary....
Page 69 - suffers from abandonment—you would be the last to give her up ; you would separate the sinner from the sin, and feel as if the right lay rather in quietly adhering to her in her strait, while that adherence is unfashionable and unpopular, than in turning on her your back when the world sets the example.
Page 40 - He, this school autocrat, gathered all and sundry reins into the hollow of his one hand ; he irefully rejected every colleague; he would not have help. Madame herself, who evidently rather wished to undertake the examination in geography— her favourite study which she taught well—was forced to succumb.
Page 37 - aunt's death against my conscience, prompted by what seemed then an irresistible impulse. I was punished for my selfish folly by a total withdrawal for more than two years of happiness and peace of mind.
Page 52 - Day and night I find neither rest nor peace. If I sleep I am disturbed by tormenting dreams in which I see you always severe, always grave, always incensed against me. "Forgive me, Monsieur, if I adopt the course of writing to you again. How can I endure life if I make no effort to ease its

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