Friday 3 February 2012

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

"But now, - at evening, when I see the round, red sun sink quietly down behind those woody hills, leaving them sleeping in a warm, red, golden haze, I only think another lovely day is lost to him and me; - and at morning, when roused by the flutter and chirp of the sparrows, and the gleeful twitter of the swallows - all intent upon feeding their young, and full of life and joy in their own little frames - I open the window to inhale the balmy, soul-reviving air, and look out upon the lovely landscape, laughing in dew and sunshine, - I too often shame that glorious scene with tears of thankless misery, because he cannot feel its freshening influence..."

Written by Anne Bronte (published in 1848 under the pseudonym Acton Bell) 

I just finished reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. I like Anne's writing and although she doesn't use or refer to the weather as much as Emily and Charlotte do, there are a few lovely weather quotes within the text. A novel about the plight of a woman married to a drunk womaniser it reveals the lack of rights of married women. Anne's moralising can be a bit much at times (it could be 100 pages shorter) but i love that it points out the bad treatment of women in an earnest, unfaltering way. It's interesting that Charlotte Bronte tried to prevent any reprinting of it after Anne's death thinking that "the choice of subject was an entire mistake".

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