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A Virtual Literary Tour of the Brontë Sisters

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“No mockery in this world ever sounds to me so hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness,” Charlotte Brontë writes in her 1853 novel, Villette. “Happiness is not a potato.” It is, she continues, “a divine dew which the soul, on certain of its summer mornings, feels dropping upon it.” Such a blend of restrained disdain for society and unbridled passion for life typifies the alluring melodrama of Charlotte Brontë’s writing and that of her sisters, Anne and Emily. This visual tour of the Brontës upbringing on the sublime Yorkshire Moors explores the connections between their respective biographies and their works, which have lured centuries of readers into Gothic romances and onto windy heaths. —C.J.F.

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