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Now the company has installed new ones (pictured), on waist-height wooden plinths, featuring softer colours.This mysterious image from the Gilmore Girls Instagram account has fans wondering about its meaning:
The signs, designed with the help of the Brontë Society, carry information about the ruined farmhouse, which was reputedly the inspiration for the setting of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: “We hope people find these new signs useful and interesting.
“We carefully thought about a design more sympathetic to the landscape – and the wooden plinths help achieve this look.
“The historical information in them is also more engaging, but retains the safety message we originally wanted to communicate.”
The Bronte Society said it was pleased to be involved in the project.
A spokesman said: “Although the association of Top Withens with Wuthering Heights is a loose one, the site continues to hold a special significance for Bronte fans across the world.
“We are grateful to Yorkshire Water for providing the opportunity to work in partnership on signage more in keeping with this inspirational landscape.”
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Noah Berlatsky: Why have we now mostly forgotten that aspect of Wollstonecraft. Is it a good thing that her scandalousness is no longer part of the mainstream historical memory of her?SD: She sort of got reabsorbed into the canon but at the cost of becoming a very boring figure, when she was anything but.If she means the introduction by Margaret Smith, then we can't find her saying anything like that.
And I think many of her ideas now are boring. I mean, one of the big controversies is that she thought women should be allowed to use botany. Which believe it or not was a hot button topic because if you teach your daughter botany, she is indirectly learning about sex, learning about plant parts, and god knows what she’ll go out and do next now that she knows about pollination. When we just teach her ideas she can seem like a very staid respectable figure.
And you see this with Charlotte Brontë too. Her biographers nowadays and the people who stump for her kind of write around it. I remember reading the introduction to Charlotte Brontë’s selected letters, which has these incredibly raw, emotional break-up letters. And the introduction said, well, some of us may find this embarrassing, but keep in mind it may have been a writing exercise.
No it wasn’t! She had a terrible break-up, she had a crush on a man who was married, who may never have liked her at all, and she wrote these crazy-sounding letters. It’s not that embarrassing. She was a human being, she had a very lonely life in some respects, and when she found a human connection, losing it was painful to her.
So people try to write around all the scandalous part of these women’s lives because they’ve become canonical, respected figures. And I think diving into the juice and the rawness and the dirt of their lives, the fact that they were human beings trying to forge some new kind of gender politics in a world that was incredibly hostile to them—that makes them more relevant to us. I would hope that you’ll read this book and maybe one of the things you’ll do is stop thinking Mary Wollstonecraft was boring. Maybe you’ll like her a little more.