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Geometric Figures 9 September 1837(7) No comment is made on the samplers made by the sisters (including Maria and Elizabeth) when they were very young nor on the effect of Aunt Branwell's teaching, particularly as far as Anne is concerned.
Seven diagrams copied from a geometry book or drawing manual and labelled in detail by Emily in ink, in minuscule script.
An article by N (probably William Robertson Nicoll) entitled Literature: The New Literary Anecdotes. 1. The Brontë Sisters, in the British Weekly: A Journal of Social and Christian Progress, 5 November 1886 suggests that these figures are from the eleventh book of Euclid. The author of the article notes, 'I may add that in the course of my search for Emily Brontë's portraits I had in my hands some of her manuscripts, which show her to have been an accomplished mathematician: some of the figures being from the eleventh book of Euclid'.
It is possible that these figures are from an early drawing manual rather than a geometry book (...)Many of these books included figures from Euclid.
Too much supervision has pitfalls: having been in a French school for a while I was fascinated to read in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette how much of a contrast there was, even then, between the English ideal of fostering self-control and the French obsession with la surveillance. This difference is perhaps why to this day any museum curator dreads, above all things, the French school party. When the control slips, they go feral. (The Times, May 8 2007)Categories: Books, Review