Anne Brontë: The Other One by Elizabeth Langland

By Elizabeth Langland

A examine of Anne Bronte facing her lifestyles and affects, this article kinds a part of a chain that's designed to aid within the reassessment of women's writing within the mild of trendy figuring out.

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On September 24, 1848, Branwell died, ending his own misery and that of his long-suffering family. The cause of death was given as 'chronic bronchitis and marasmus'; in short, dissipation, not disease, killed him.!? Emily caught cold at his funeral, refused all medical aid, and it was shortly clear that her life was in grave danger from consumption. To Charlotte belonged the agonised perception that neither Anne nor Emily was likely to last a year. Although Charlotte had been struggling to complete Shirley, all literary effort had to be suspended in face of the tragedy confronting her.

The novel which she began (probably in January 1848) looks at the secular world. Anne would live only two more years, and her gradual decline must have taught her, in any case, that her time could not be long. She began writing in earnest a second novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, a task which she pursued with a zeal that alarmed INFLUENCES 47 Charlotte, who worried about the effect on her health. In letters and in her 'Biographical Notice' to a posthumous reprinting of Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey, Charlotte blames The Tenant of Wildfell Hall for the rapidity of Anne's decline.

I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wraps my existence about you.!? As if in echo, Huntingdon claims: My father , you know, was something of a miser, and in his later days especially, saw no pleasure in life but to amass riches; and so it is no wonder that his son should make it his chief delight to spend them, which was accordingly the case, until my acquaintance with you, dear Helen, taught me other views and nobler aims.

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