Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Charlotte Bronte

"...Something stirred in an adjoining chamber; it would not do to be surprised eaves-dropping; I tapped hastily, And as hastily entered. Frances was just before me; she had been walking slowly in her room, and her step was checked by my advent: Twilight only was with her, and tranquil, ruddy Firelight; to these sisters, the Bright and the Dark, she had been speaking, ere I entered, in poetry. Sir Walter Scott's voice, to her a foreign, far-off sound, a mountain echo, had uttered itself in the first stanzas; the second, I thought, from the style and the substance, was the language of her own heart. ..."

From Charlotte Bronte's "The Professor",

As has been noted before, Walter Scott was familiar with the work of the Bronte sisters, and vice-versa.  Charlotte Bronte, who died on March 31, 1855, included a reference to Sir Walter Scott in her novel quoted above.  The eldest of the three writing Brontes produced "Jane Eyre" and eight other novels, as well as two volumes of poetry.

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