The children in her charge were spoilt and often disobedient. She was not empowered to inflict punishment, and when she complained about their behaviour received no support, but was criticised for not being capable. The Inghams, dissatisfied with their children's progress, dismissed Anne. The episode at Blake Hall was so traumatic that she reproduced it in almost perfect detail in her novel Agnes Grey. On her return to Haworth, she met William Weightman — , her father's new curate, who started work in the parish in August He was welcome at the parsonage.
Her acquaintance with him parallels her writing a number of poems, which may suggest she fell in love with him   although there is disagreement over this possibility. The source of Agnes Grey' s renewed interest in poetry is, however, the curate to whom she is attracted. William Weightman aroused much curiosity. It seems clear he was a good-looking, engaging young man, whose easy humour and kindness towards the sisters made a considerable impression.
It is such a character that she portrays in Edward Weston, and that her heroine Agnes Grey finds deeply appealing. If Anne formed an attachment to Weightman it does not imply that he was attracted to her. It is possible that Weightman was no more aware of her, her sisters or their friend Ellen Nussey. Nor does it imply that Anne believed him to be interested in her.
If anything, her poems suggest the opposite—they speak of quietly experienced but intensely felt emotions, hidden from others, without any indication of being requited.
It is possible that an initially mild attraction to Weightman assumed increasing importance to Anne over time, in the absence of other opportunities for love, marriage and children. Anne would have seen Weightman on her holidays at home, particularly during the summer of when her sisters were away. Weightman died of cholera in the same year. Anne obtained a second post as governess to the children of the Reverend Edmund Robinson and his wife Lydia, at Thorp Green Hall, a comfortable country house near York.
Anne had four pupils: Lydia, aged 15, Elizabeth, aged 13, Mary, aged 12, and Edmund, aged 8. Anne missed her home and family, commenting in a diary paper in that she did not like her situation and wished to leave it. Her quiet, gentle disposition did not help. Her charges, the Robinson girls, became lifelong friends. For the next five years, Anne spent no more than five or six weeks a year with her family, during holidays at Christmas and in June.
The rest of her time was spent with the Robinsons at Thorp Green. She was obliged to accompany them on annual holidays to Scarborough. Between and , Anne spent around five weeks each summer at the coastal town and loved the place. Whilst working for the Robinsons, Anne and her sisters considered the possibility of setting up a school. Various locations including the parsonage were considered. The project never materialised and Anne chose to return to Thorp Green. She came home on the death of her aunt in early November while her sisters were in Brussels.
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Anne returned to Thorp Green in January where she secured a position for Branwell. He was to take over as tutor to the Robinsons' son, Edmund, who was growing too old to be in Anne's care. Branwell did not live in the house as Anne did. Anne's vaunted calm appears to have been the result of hard-fought battles, balancing deeply felt emotions with careful thought, a sense of responsibility and resolute determination. Anne and Branwell taught at Thorp Green for the next three years. Branwell entered into a secret relationship with his employer's wife, Lydia Robinson.
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When Anne and her brother returned home for the holidays in June , she resigned her position. Anne retained close ties to Elizabeth and Mary Robinson, exchanging letters even after Branwell's disgrace. The Robinson sisters came to visit Anne in December Anne took Emily to visit some of the places she had come to know and love in the five years spent with the Robinsons. A plan to visit Scarborough fell through and instead the sisters went to York where Anne showed her sister York Minster. None had any immediate prospect of employment. Charlotte came across Emily's poems which had been shared only with Anne, her partner in the world of Gondal.
Charlotte proposed that they be published. Anne revealed her own poems but Charlotte's reaction was characteristically patronising: "I thought that these verses too had a sweet sincere pathos of their own". They told neither Branwell, nor their father, nor their friends about what they were doing. Anne and Emily each contributed 21 poems and Charlotte contributed 19 and with Aunt Branwell's money, they paid to have the collection published.
Afraid their work would be judged differently if they revealed they were women, the book appeared using male pen names , the initials of which were the same as their own.
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The cost of publication was about three-quarters of Anne's salary at Thorp Green. On 7 May , the first three copies were delivered to Haworth Parsonage. Anne, however, found a market for her more recent poetry. Even before the fate of the book of poems became apparent, the sisters began work on their first novels. By July , a package with the three manuscripts was making the rounds of London publishers. After a number of rejections, Emily's Wuthering Heights and Anne's Agnes Grey were accepted by the publisher Thomas Cautley Newby , but Charlotte's novel was rejected by every publisher to whom it was sent.
While Anne and Emily's novels 'lingered in the press', Jane Eyre was an immediate and resounding success. Anne and Emily were obliged to pay fifty pounds to help meet their publishing costs. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is perhaps amongst the most shocking of contemporary Victorian novels. In seeking to present the truth in literature, Anne's depiction of alcoholism and debauchery was profoundly disturbing to 19th-century sensibilities.
Helen Graham, the tenant of the title, intrigues Gilbert Markham and gradually she reveals her past as an artist and wife of the dissipated Arthur Huntingdon. The book's brilliance lies in its revelation of the position of women at the time, and its multi-layered plot. It is easy today to underestimate the extent to which the novel challenged existing social and legal structures.
May Sinclair , in , said that the slamming of Helen Huntingdon's bedroom door against her husband reverberated throughout Victorian England. She supported herself and her son by painting while living in hiding, fearful of discovery. In doing so, she violated not only social conventions, but English law.
Until , when the Married Women's Property Act was passed, a married woman had no independent legal existence apart from her husband; could not own property, sue for divorce, or control custody of her children. If she attempted to live apart, her husband had the right to reclaim her. If she took their child, she was liable for kidnapping.
By living on her own income she was held to be stealing her husband's property, since any property she held or income she made was legally his. In the second edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall , which appeared in August , Anne clearly stated her intentions in writing it. She presented a forceful rebuttal to critics Charlotte was among them who considered her portrayal of Huntingdon overly graphic and disturbing.
When we have to do with vice and vicious characters, I maintain it is better to depict them as they really are than as they would wish to appear. To represent a bad thing in its least offensive light, is doubtless the most agreeable course for a writer of fiction to pursue; but is it the most honest, or the safest?
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Is it better to reveal the snares and pitfalls of life to the young and thoughtless traveller, or to cover them with branches and flowers? O Reader! Anne sharply castigated reviewers who speculated on the sex of the authors, and the appropriateness of their writing, in words that do little to reinforce the stereotype of Anne as meek and gentle. I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be.
All novels are or should be written for both men and women to read, and I am at a loss to conceive how a man should permit himself to write anything that would be really disgraceful to a woman, or why a woman should be censured for writing anything that would be proper and becoming for a man. In July , to dispel the rumour that the "Bell brothers" were all the same person, Charlotte and Anne went to London to reveal their identities to Charlotte's publisher George Smith.
Emily refused to go with them. The women spent several days in his company. Many years after Anne's death, he wrote in the Cornhill Magazine his impressions of her, describing her as: "a gentle, quiet, rather subdued person, by no means pretty, yet of a pleasing appearance. Her manner was curiously expressive of a wish for protection and encouragement, a kind of constant appeal which invited sympathy. The increasing popularity of the Bells' work led to renewed interest in the Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell , originally published by Aylott and Jones.
The remaining print run was bought by Smith and Elder, and reissued under new covers in November It still sold poorly. Although Anne and her sisters were only in their late twenties, a highly successful literary career appeared a certainty for them. However, an impending tragedy was to engulf the family. Branwell's health had deteriorated over two years, but its seriousness was disguised by his persistent drunkenness.
He died on the morning of 24 September He was aged The cause was recorded as chronic bronchitis — marasmus ; though it is now believed he was suffering from tuberculosis. The family had suffered from coughs and colds during the winter of , and Emily next became severely ill.
She deteriorated rapidly over two months, persistently refusing all medical aid until the morning of 19 December, when, being very weak, she declared: "if you will send for a doctor, I will see him now". At about two o'clock that afternoon, after a hard, short conflict in which she struggled desperately to hang on to life, she died, aged Emily's death deeply affected Anne, and her grief undermined her physical health.
Her symptoms intensified, and her father sent for a Leeds physician in early January. The doctor diagnosed her condition as consumption tuberculosis and intimated that it was quite advanced, leaving little hope of recovery. Anne met the news with characteristic determination and self-control. I have no horror of death: if I thought it inevitable I think I could quietly resign myself to the prospect But I wish it would please God to spare me not only for Papa's and Charlotte's sakes but because I long to do some good in the world before I leave it.
I have many schemes in my head for future practise—humble and limited indeed—but still I should not like them all to come to nothing, and myself to have lived to so little purpose. Search by: Title, Author or Keyword. Desperate to earn money to care for herself, she takes one of the few jobs allowed to respectable women in the early Victorian era, as a governess to the children of the wealthy.
In working with two different families, the Bloomfields and the Murrays, she comes to learn about the troubles that face a young woman who must try to rein in unruly, spoiled children for a living, and about the ability of wealth and status to destroy social values. After her father's death, Agnes opens a small school with her mother and finds happiness with a man who loves her for herself.
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