Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:24 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    No comments
History Extra looks at '6 unexpected royal encounters' with Queen Victoria from the book An Audience With Queen Victoria – The Royal Opinion on 30 Famous Victorians, by Ian Lloyd.
Charlotte Brontë, 1843
On 18 September 1843, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had arrived in Brussels shortly after 1pm during their state visit to Belgium as guest of their uncle, King Leopold I. Watching the carriage procession pass through the aptly named Rue Royale was a 27-year-old teacher from the nearby Pensionnat Heger, a school for young women.
Charlotte Brontë was half way through her two-year stay in the capital and was lonely, homesick and had developed an infatuation with her employer, Constantin Heger. She can’t have been too excited by the glimpse of her monarch, since it took her until 1 October to write an account of it after a prompt from her sister Emily, back in Howarth Parsonage: “You ask about Queen Victoria’s visit to Brussels. I saw her for an instant flashing through the Rue Royale in a carriage and six, surrounded by soldiers. She was laughing and talking very gaily. She looked a little stout, vivacious lady, very plainly dressed, not much dignity or pretension about her. The Belgians liked her very well on the whole. They said she enlivened the sombre court of King Leopold, which is usually as gloomy as a conventicle…”
Victoria would later become a huge fan of Charlotte’s. She read Jane Eyre aloud to Prince Albert in 1858 and reread it more than two decades later, when she noted: “Finished Jane Eyre, which is really a wonderful book, very peculiar in parts, but so powerfully — admirably written, such a fine tone in it, such fine religious feeling, & such beautiful writing. The description of the mysterious maniac’s nightly appearances, awfully thrilling, — Mr Rochester’s character a very remarkable one, & Jane Eyre’s herself, a beautiful one. The end is very touching, when Jane Eyre returns to him, & finds him blind, with one hand gone from injuries during the fire in his house, which was caused by his mad wife.”
AV Club also mentions Bertha in an article on New Coke making a comeback thanks to Stranger Things 3.
But today brings news that will strike fear into the hearts of those who remember what New Coke was like, as Variety reports that Coca-Cola’s aborted formula—which has been hidden away like Rochester’s crazy wife in Jane Eyre—will return this summer as part of a tie-in promotion with Stranger Things season three. Behold the horrible synergy your nostalgia hath wrought, and tremble at New Coke’s resurrection. (Britt Hayes)
The Washington Post had a live chat with humorist/columnist Alexandra Petri.
Q: Austen-Brontë Crossover
The Bennet girls could visit the Yorkshire moors and solve mysteries or something.
A: Alexandra Petri
I can’t picture them getting along with the Brontë girls — maybe Jane Eyre, but certainly nobody in Wuthering Heights. Although, wait, Lydia might really get into the whole ambiance. 
According to The Irish Times, a walk in Clear Lake and Dosaun Mountain, in Slieve Blooms, is reminiscent of Yorkshire and Wuthering Heights.
Way markers now hand-rail me across wind-tortured moorlands, which unvaryingly evoke haunting images of Yorkshire and Wuthering Heights. (John G O'Dwyer)
Vox features two new book series that aren't just publishing books 'by dead white men' such as Modern Library's Torchbearers which, as you know, will include 'cult favorite Villette by Charlotte Brontë'.


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