Jane Barnes at Bronte Parsonage Museum. - Jane Barnes: Looking across Haworth Parish Church graveyard to the Bronte Parsonage Museum 3 (2 hours ago)
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“To you I am neither man nor woman. I come before you as an author only. It is the sole standard by which you have a right to judge me--the sole ground on which I accept your judgment.”(2)The exhibition follows a chronological order and begins with Home. A couple of postcards help to fix the image of the isolated Parsonage in the middle of nowhere later immortalised by Elizabeth Gaskell in her biography. Two items also connect Charlotte's fiction (in Jane Eyre) with her own infancy: a letter from Charlotte to Williams Smith Williams (WSW) confessing that Helen Burns was based on her sister Maria who died soon after leaving Cowan Bridge School, administered by the Rev Carus Wilson. And the second item is an 1857 pamphlet by Rev Robert Morphet vindicating his figure after the publication of Mrs Gaskell's biography. Other items, belonging to the Morgan collection that could be seen in this section included Patrick Brontë's book of prayer and manuscripts of some of his sermons.