Monday, April 09, 2018

Monday, April 09, 2018 10:59 am by Cristina in , , ,    No comments
National Geographic Traveller India features the Brontës and the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Stepping into the house, now a museum dedicated to the lives and works of the Brontës, we feel a mix of awe and pity. Fabulous women of prodigious talents lived here, to which every room and exhibit bear testimony. Be it the clean lines of their spartan furniture, the reams of brilliant writing they produced as children, or their letters to each other, revealing their innermost thoughts. This last aspect saddens as much as it impresses me, just like the chair where young Emily spent her last writing days, and Branwell’s portentous painting in which he is blotted out.
But beyond the memento mori of remarkable lives snuffed out too soon, there is a profound silence. “Silence is of different kinds, and breathes different meanings,” Charlotte mused in Villette. [...]
Despite the unhappiness, beautiful Haworth, looking now much as it did then, provided what comfort was to be found in the Brontë sisters’ lives. They would likely have dropped in to the same upbeat bakery, the same cheerful post office and the park full of flowers in bloom on their daily strolls. Emily might have stolen away to this very park on a fine day like the one we’d picked to visit, when she wrote, “Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
And though the moors gave them far more by way of inspiration, it is here we want to leave these gloriously gifted Brontë women, so passionate, and even compassionate, in the face of tragedy. Here, where there is sunshine and light and merriment—once and for all. (Shreya Sen-Handley)
Perhaps the writer shouldn't have got so carried away with the past-is-alive enthusiasm. We doubt that the Brontës would have 'dropped' into an 'upbeat bakery' (had it even existed) and they definitely had no chance of strolling through the park as it was built in the 1920s.

The Canadian Jewish News features Yorkshire and mentions Haworth too:
History-drenched Yorkshire offers a myriad of famous places to visit. Before my daughter and her family moved to the City of York two years ago, I had visited “literary” Yorkshire – notably the quaint village of Haworth, where the Brontë sisters grew up on the edge of the moors, spending their childhoods inventing magical realms before penning classic novels like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. (Nancy Wigston)
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Jane Eyre is one of 'The greatest books ever written', as reported by The Mercury.
Jane Eyre,” by Charlotte Brontë follows the emotions and experiences of Jane Eyre, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, master of Thornfield Hall. The novel contains elements of social criticism, and explores classism, sexuality, religion, and proto-feminism. (John Pecoraro)
ABC (Spain) tells about Charlotte Brontë's forthcoming unpublished texts (to be published by the Brontë Society in the autumn): wrongly-placed umlauts, a picture of Emily captioned as being of Charlotte (EDIT: now corrected), etc. AnneBrontë.org has a post on 'Daphne du Maurier and the Brontë Influence'.


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