By Elizabeth Langland

A learn of Anne Bronte facing her existence and affects, this article kinds a part of a sequence that is designed to aid within the reassessment of women's writing within the gentle of trendy knowing.

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And if the man fails to meet those terms, they will simply walk away. Their need for self-respect and autonomy wins out over their need for relationship and so reverses the usual hierarchy for women where the relationship supersedes independence. It seems likely, therefore, that the evolution of Charlotte's heroines - from the extremely pliant Frances of The Professor, through rebellious Jane , bold Shirley Keeldar, and independent Lucy Snowe - registered in some degree the impact of Anne's Agnes Grey and Helen Graham.

LL II 255). Anne opens Agnes Grey with a similar emphasis, 'All true histories contain instruction (AG 3)'. In the famous preface to the second edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, she writes: My object in writing the following pages was not simply to amuse the Reader, neither was it to gratify my own taste, nor yet to ingratiate myself with the Press and the Public; I wished to tell the truth, for truth always conveys its own moral to those who are able to receiveit. (TWH 29) In the light of this equal commitment to truth as a moral imperative and their different versions of truth, we can perhaps shed new light on the impulsive rush of Charlotte and Anne to London to confront Charlotte's publishers with their separate identities.

And the very idea of having you to care for under my roof would force me to moderate my expenses and live like a Christian - not to speak of all the prudence and virtue you would instil in my mind by your wise counsels and sweet, attractive goodness. (TWH 188) These passages, so similar in idea yet so different in style and tone, point to the contrasting intentions of their authors . Anne Bronte's Helen attempts to fulfill the role of redemptive angel and fails miserably because her author refuses the consolatory notion that rooted, evil tendencies can be eradicated by the influence of an angelic young lady.

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