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Reader, I Married HimAfter over 10 years of scanning news sites for mentions and references to the Brontës, we have remarked that one of the most malleable and adaptable phrases to come from literature into widespread news reports and columns is without the shadow of a doubt Charlotte Brontë's 'Reader, I married him'. We have seen the 'married' bit used with countless other verbs to suit the context and we have seen it used as is in many contexts. You don't need to be a Brontëite to recognise it. Heck, you don't even need to know who the Brontës were at all.
Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre
Edited by Tracy Chevalier
Stories by Tracy Chevalier, Tessa Hadley, Sarah Hall, Helen Dunmore, Kirsty Gunn, Joanna Briscoe, Jane Gardam, Emma Donoghue, Susan Hill, Francine Prose, Elif Shafak, Evie Wyld, Patricia Park, Salley Vickers, Nadifa Mohamed, Esther Freud, Linda Grant, Lionel Shriver, Audrey Niffenegger, Namwali Serpell, Elizabeth McCracken.
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