Friday, 22 February 2013
I am delighted to say that the set of three colour wheels I made for the Hope's Whisper exhibition have been purchased by the Bronte Parsonage Museum for their permanent collection.
The colour wheels show the many types of weather that each of the Bronte sisters mention in their writing. I chose to analyse one novel for each sister : Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights; Anne Bronte's Tenant of Wildfell Hall; and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.
Visualising the data in this way reveals the diversity of the weather types that they reference. From mist and rain to sunshine and gales they use weather types that I put in to 18 different categories.
It's interesting that Anne Bronte mentions sun / sunshine more times in the Tenant of Wildfell Hall than any other weather type at 17.4% of the total weather references within the novel and although Emily Bronte mentions wind most times in Wuthering Heights at 20% of all references in the novel the second highest category is sun / sunshine at 14.8%. Looking at the data this way reveals how they mention far more 'fine' weather types than is commonly presented through films, TV dramas and book cover illustrations: the popular perception being a rain soaked, wind swept Bronte landscape.