Villette by Charlotte Brontë
Author: Charlotte Brontë | Published: 1853
In Villette, Lucy Snowe travels to the titular town of Villette to teach at a girls’ boarding school after a family tragedy.
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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.
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Charlotte Brontë's Books on PageVio
Novels: Jane Eyre | Shirley | Villette | The Professor
Juvenilia: The Search After Happiness
Non-fiction: Biographical Notice of Ellis and Acton Bell
Poetry: Richard Coeur de Lion and Blondel | Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell
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