Description : My godmother lived in a handsome house in the clean and ancient town of Bretton. Her husband's family had been residents there for generations, and bore, indeed, the name of their birthplace—Bretton of Bretton: whether by coincidence, or because some remote ancestor had been a personage of sufficient importance to leave his name to his neighbourhood, I know not.When I was a girl I went to Bretton about twice a year, and well I liked the visit. The house and its inmates specially suited me. The large peaceful rooms, the well-arranged furniture, the clear wide windows, the balcony outside, looking down on a fine antique street, where Sundays and holidays seemed always to abide—so quiet was its atmosphere, so clean its pavement—these things pleased me well.One child in a household of grown people is usually made very much of, and in a quiet way I was a good deal taken notice of by Mrs. Bretton, who had been left a widow, with one son, before I knew her; her husband, a physician, having died while she was yet a young and handsome woman.
Description : After an unspecified family disaster, protagonist Lucy Snowe travels to the fictional city of Villette to teach at an all-girls school where she is unwillingly pulled into both adventure and romance. The novel is celebrated not so much for its plot as its acute tracing of Lucy's psychology, particularly Bronte's use of Gothic doubling to represent externally what her protagonist is suffering internally. Villette is most commonly celebrated for its explorations of gender roles and repression.
Description : ‘The sky is the first thing, I haven’t... I haven’t ever seen the sea, it isn’t the colour I... The boat dips and...’ Lucy Snowe, a clone – one of three, survivor of a deadly pandemic sets out on a journey in search of a future. She travels to an archaeological dig, a hill of bones, a project looking for the elusive Lady of Villette.p> But the hill slides, haunted by the past Lucy begins a faltering journey back to living and the possibility of desire. ‘To say it, I never said it out-loud, That love... Could be possible.’ On the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, West Yorkshire Playhouse celebrates her unique genius with a daring new adaptation by Linda Marshall-Griffiths.
Description : Published first in 1853, Villette is Charlotte Bronte's last novel. The protagonist Lucy shares many qualities with her creator. Brontë tells the story of a language teacher who grows to realize that life also offers romance and love.
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