By Anne Brontë
The one one-volume hardcover version of the 2 uncommonly strong novels written via the youngest of the recognized Brontë sisters.
Anne Brontë wrote those superbly profitable novels ahead of her tragically early dying, either one of them in a way more grittily sensible mode than the extra romantic ones preferred by way of her sisters. Agnes gray, the tale of a governess operating for disdainful and vicious employers, is a wrenching account of the determined straits confronted by means of Victorian girls with no funds or husband. The Tenant of Wildfell corridor tells a narrative that used to be stunning for its time: a girl leaves her alcoholic and abusive husband that allows you to safeguard their younger son and needs to stay in hiding to avoid the legislation from taking her baby clear of her. those novels became classics not just through dint of the sophisticated and ironic strength of Anne Brontë's prose yet as a result of passionate indictments of social injustice that animate them.
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Mr Lawrence sat with his elbow on the table, carelessly playing with his half-empty wine-glass, and covertly smiling to himself. ’ ‘But I have heard that, with some persons, temperance—that is moderation—is almost impossible; and if abstinence be an evil (which some have doubted), no one will deny that excess is a greater. Some parents have entirely prohibited their children from tasting intoxicating liquors; but a parent’s authority cannot list for ever: children are naturally prone to hanker after forbidden things; and a child, in such a case, would be likely to have a strong curiosity to taste, and try the effect of what has been so lauded and enjoyed by others, so strictly forbidden to himself—which curiosity would generally be gratified on the first convenient opportunity; and the restraint once broken, serious consequences might ensue.
She then bid me good evening and withdrew. I had not proceeded many steps on my way homewards when I perceived Mr Lawrence, on his pretty grey pony, coming up the rugged lane that crossed over the hill top. I went a little out of my way to speak to him; for we had not met for some time. ’ said he, after the first few words of greeting had passed between us. ’ ‘Humph! ’ He looked contemplatively at his horse’s mane, as if he had some serious cause of dissatisfaction with it, or something else. ‘Well!
At length our walk was ended. The increasing height and boldness of the hills bad for some time intercepted the prospect: but, on gaining the summit of a steep acclivity, and looking downward, an opening lay before us—and the blue sea burst upon our sight—deep violet blue—not deadly calm, but covered with glinting breakers—diminutive white specks twinkling on its bosom, and scarcely to be distinguished by the keenest vision, from the little sea-mews that sported above, their white wings glittering in the sunshine: only one or two vessels were visible; and those were far away.
Agnes Grey, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë