Saturday, June 04, 2016

Saturday, June 04, 2016 12:30 am by M. in ,    1 comment
An alert from the Australian Brontë Association:
Castlereagh Boutique Hotel (near Town Hall Station)
June 4, 10:30am

Was Charlotte a ‘Closet Catholic’?
Dr Christopher Cooper

Charlotte Brontë grew up in a staunchly Protestant household. She made veiled, and
often explicit, criticism of Catholicism in her letters and her novels. Yet, reading
between the lines, one can detect the fact she was secretly fascinated by the forms and
rituals of the Catholic Church. Intellectually she was repelled by Catholicism, but
emotionally she seemed to be drawn to it. Her ambivalence began during the time she
spent in the very Catholic environment of the school she attended in Brussels and her
love-hate relationship with her very Catholic teacher, Monsieur Heger.

1 comment:

  1. Charlotte did have a love / hate relationship with " crimson " as she called the color deep red. Its use in RC grab is always noted in her RC condemnations as a sort of cardinal sin. However when Charlotte finally countered her father's life long ban of window curtains at the Parsonage ,she choose crimson ones. Quite a statement in an evangelical household of black, grey and brown.