A novel by C. Brontë, written 1846 (before Jane Eyre), but not published until 1857.
The story is based, like Villette, on the author's experiences in Brussels, and uses much of the same material, though the two principal characters are transposed. William Crimsworth, an orphan, goes to seek his fortune in Brussels. At the girls' school where he teaches English he falls in love with Frances Henri, whose Protestant honesty and modesty are contrasted with the manipulating duplicity of the Catholic headmistress, Zoraide Reuter. Crimsworth resists Mlle Reuter's overtures, resigns his post, and, after finding a new and better one, is able to marry Frances.
Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century).
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Charlotte Brontë (1816—1855) novelist