Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës - It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Anne Brontë’s writings, and those of her sisters Emily and Charlotte Brontë as well. There are other writers who I lo...
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Haworth, Oxenhope & Stanbury From Old PhotographsHaworth seems to be a place for opposites. Charlotte Brontë spent a large part of her life wishing and/or trying to get out of Haworth (or so she said, albeit sometimes the opposite was true(1)) while her sister Emily was so homesick at school that she managed to be brought back home. Some visitors love the place for its sake while others think it would be a village like a thousand others if it wasn't for the Brontës. Haworth residents have a love/hate relationship with the hundreds of tourists that 'invade' them each year. All this goes to show how difficult it must have been to write a book to suit all tastes.
Volume 1: Domestic & Social Life
He thoroughly disapproved of Brontë-inspired visitors tramping over the moors, disturbing the grouse. He refused to believe that 'little Charlotte brontë o' th' parsonage' could have written any books--'she just gat some cleverish sort o' chap to write 'em for her'.The pictures and Steven Wood's concise yet thorough descriptions take us to places that no longer exist (as elsewhere in England the 1960s were demolishing-crazy in Haworth) and which would have been familiar to the Brontës, a regular feature of their daily lives, particularly with their father's profession. Of particular interest are the pictures connected to Haworth's old church, the church where the Brontë family worshipped. Some of the pictures we hadn't seen before and we certainly didn't know a few things about it and what became of some of its parts. Likewise, some very interesting pictures of the first Brontë Museum are to be seen.
I should like uncommonly to be in the dining-room at home, or in the kitchen, or in the back kitchen. I should like even to be cutting up the hash, with the clerk and some register-people at the other table, and you standing by, watching that I put enough flour, not to much pepper, and, above all, that I save the best pieces of the leg of mutton for Tiger and Keeper; the first of which personages would be jumping about the dish and carving-knife, and the latter standing like a devouring flame on the kitchen floor. To complete the picture, Tabby blowing the fire, in order to boil the potatoes to a sort of vegetable glue! How divine are these recollections to me at this moment!(2) Haworth the township, which comprises Haworth, Oxenhope and Stanbury.