'Plain' orphan Jane Eyre is not expected to amount to much. A pleasant existence as a governess is all she is supposed to hope for - but Jane desperately wants more. And an appointment at the gothic mansion of Thornfield offers her more than she could ever dream of - including a chance at real love. But when tragedy strikes, she will have to use all her bravery, spirit and resolve to overcome her supposed fate, and forge her own destiny.
This classic novel challenges conventions of desire, family, class and just how much of our identity we are willing to give up for those we love.
* illustrated with more than 200 good quality images; the novels are illustrated with photographs and illustrations.
* All the poetry of Emily and Anne Brontë, with proper formatting
* Every book has its own contents table.
* Includes ‘Emma’, Charlotte Brontë’s unfinished novel.
* Includes letters of Charlotte Brontë (in Charlotte Brontë and her Circle)
* Includes Branwell Brontë's poetry (in The Brontë Family)
* Includes the poetry of Patrick Brontë, father of the Brontë sisters
* Includes Elizabeth Gaskell's official biography of Charlotte Bronte
* Includes a complete set of major scholarly and authoritative books about the Bronte ranging from 1877 to 1914.
1846 : The Professor
1847 : Jane Eyre
1849 : Shirley
1853 : Villette
1854 : Emma (A Fragment)
1846 : Wuthering Heights
1846 : Agnes Grey
1847 : The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
1811 : Cottage Poems, by the Rev. Patrick Brontë, B.A.
1846 : Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell
1850 : Selection from the literary remains of Ellis and Acton Bell.
1908 : The Complete Poems of Emily Brontë
1920 : The Complete Poems of Anne Brontë
Official Biography :
1857 : The Life of Charlotte Brontë, vol I, by Elizabeth Gaskell
1857 : The Life of Charlotte Brontë, vol II, by Elizabeth Gaskell
Major books about the Brontës :
1877 : Charlotte Brontë, by Wemyss Reid
1883 : Emily Brontë, by A. Mary F. Robinson
1886 : The Brontë Family vol I, by Francis A. Leyland
1886 : The Brontë Family vol II, by Francis A. Leyland
1896 : Charlotte Brontë and her Circle, by Clement K. Shorter
1912 : The Three Brontës, by May Sinclair
1914 : The secret of Charlotte Brontë, by Frederika Macdonald.
Short Critical Studies :
1902 : Charlotte Brontë, by G.K. Chesterton
1903 : The Challenge of the Brontë, by Edmund Gosse
1916 : Emily Brontë, by Arthur Symons
1916 : Emily Brontë, by G. Arnold Shaw
1916 : Charlotte Brontë, by Elbert Hubbard
1918 : Charlotte and Emily Brontë, by Alice Meynell
-Table of contents to every chapters in the book.
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Villette is an 1853 novel by Charlotte Brontë. After an unspecified family disaster, the protagonist Lucy Snowe travels from England to the fictional French-speaking city of Villette to teach at a girls' school, where she is drawn into adventure and romance.
Villette was Charlotte Brontë's fourth novel. It was preceded by the posthumously published The Professor, her first, and then Jane Eyre and Shirley.
Villette begins with its famously passive protagonist, Lucy Snowe, age 14, staying at the home of her godmother Mrs. Bretton. Also in residence are Mrs. Bretton's son, John Graham Bretton (whom the family calls Graham), and a young visitor, Paulina Home (who is called Polly). Polly is a peculiar little girl who soon develops a deep devotion to Graham, who showers her with attention. But Polly's visit is cut short when her father arrives to take her away.
For reasons that are not stated, Lucy leaves Mrs. Bretton's home a few weeks after the Polly's departure. After some initial hesitation, she is hired as a caregiver by Miss Marchmont, a rheumatic crippled woman. Lucy is soon accustomed to her work and has begun to feel content with her quiet lifestyle.
During an evening of dramatic weather changes, Miss Marchmont regains all her energy and feels young again. She shares with Lucy her sad love story of 30 years previously, and concludes that she should treat Lucy better and be a better person. She believes that death will reunite her with her dead lover. The next morning, Lucy finds Miss Marchmont dead.
Lucy then leaves the English countryside and goes to London. At the age of 23, she boards a ship for Labassecour despite knowing very little French. She travels to the city of Villette, where she finds employment as a bonne (nanny) at Mme. Beck's boarding school for girls. (This school is seen as being based upon the Hégers' Brussels pensionnat). After a time, she is hired to teach English at the school, in addition to having to mind Mme. Beck's three children. She thrives despite Mme. Beck's constant surveillance of the staff and students.
"Dr. John," a handsome English doctor, frequently visits the school because of his love for the coquette Ginevra Fanshawe. In one of Villette's famous plot twists, "Dr. John" is later revealed to be John Graham Bretton, a fact that Lucy has known but has deliberately concealed from the reader. After Dr. John (i.e., Graham) discovers Ginevra's unworthiness, he turns his attention to Lucy, and they become close friends. She values this friendship highly despite her usual emotional reserve.
We meet Polly (Paulina Home) again at this point; her father has inherited the title "de Bassompierre" and is now a Count. Thus her name is now Paulina Home de Bassompierre. Polly and Graham soon discover that they knew each other in the past and renew their friendship. They fall in love and eventually marry.
Lucy becomes progressively closer to a colleague, the irascible, autocratic, and male chauvinist professor, M. Paul Emanuel, a relative of Mme. Beck. Lucy and Paul eventually fall in love.
However, a group of conspiring antagonists, including Mme. Beck, the priest Père Silas, and the relatives of M. Paul's long-dead fiancée, work to keep the two apart. They finally succeed in forcing M. Paul's departure for the West Indies to oversee a plantation there. He nonetheless declares his love for Lucy before his departure and arranges for her to live independently as the headmistress of her own day school, which she later expands into a pensionnat (boarding school).