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Villette by Charlotte Brontë

Author: Charlotte Brontë | Published: 1853

Villette Synopsis

In Villette, Lucy Snowe travels to the titular town of Villette to teach at a girls’ boarding school after a family tragedy.

Excerpt from Villette Online Book

My godmother lived in a handsome house in the clean and ancient town of Bretton. Her husband’s family had been residents there for generations, and bore, indeed, the name of their birthplace—Bretton of Bretton: whether by coincidence, or because some remote ancestor had been a personage of sufficient importance to leave his name to his neighbourhood, I know not.

When I was a girl I went to Bretton about twice a year, and well I liked the visit. The house and its inmates specially suited me. The large peaceful rooms, the well-arranged furniture, the clear wide windows, the balcony outside, looking down on a fine antique street, where Sundays and holidays seemed always to abide—so quiet was its atmosphere, so clean its pavement—these things pleased me well.

One child in a household of grown people is usually made very much of, and in a quiet way I was a good deal taken notice of by Mrs. Bretton, who had been left a widow, with one son, before I knew her; her husband, a physician, having died while she was yet a young and handsome woman.

Find out more about Charlotte Brontë at

Charlotte Brontë's Books on PageVio

Novels: Jane EyreShirley | Villette | The Professor

JuveniliaThe Search After Happiness

Non-fictionBiographical Notice of Ellis and Acton Bell

PoetryRichard Coeur de Lion and Blondel | Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell

Here's a full list of Charlotte Brontë's books.

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Word Count: 196004

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