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This new e-book at the Brontes concentrates at the approach during which the literary pursuits and expressions of Charlotte and Emily have been outfitted up. It uses contemporary examine into historical past and interpreting subject to enquire the improvement of the authors' poetry and novels.

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Anne BrontE~ corresponded with the Rev. David Thom, the leader of a small seet known as the Universalists, who did not believe in the eternity of damnation, but rather in universal salvation for all. When the Rev. Frederick Maurice preached these doctrines in 1853, he was dismissed from his post at King's College, London; Charlotte sympathised with hirn. It must be remembered that in the middle of the century it was almost impossible for anyone in public life to express atheisticalor agnostic views, and it was fairly dangerous to state unorthodox sentiments?

When the Brontes wanted to set up their own school, they clearly had Roe Head in mind. It is difficult to see how even a few pupils could have fitted into the parsonage, and the roughness of Haworth must have put off prospective applicants. Miss Wooler lived in a more respectable and fashionable part of Yorkshire, and with her clerical connections must have seemed a very safe character to whom to entrust one's daughter. The references in the letter recommending reading to Ellen Nussey to possible objections to Shakes pe are and Byron on the grounds of coarseness suggest that Miss Wooler's was a prudish establishment.

Only perhaps in Northern Ireland does religious feeling run so high today, and it was appropriately, if confusingly, from Northern Ireland that Mr Bronti~ came. His ancestry was probably Catholic, his upbringing Non-conformist, but it was a clergyman of the Church of England that Mr Brontt~ became, after travelling to Cambridge to read his degree, at that time a necessary qualification for ordination as an Anglican priest. It is amistake to view eighteenth-century Ireland in twentieth-century terms, since the rebellion of Wolfe Tone in 1798, in which Mr Bronte's brother took part, was arevolt of Catholic and Non-conformist alike against the Anglican establishment, but hostility to Catholics in Northern Ireland remains a regrettable feature of both centuries, and this hostility, masking his own antecedents, was something that Mr Bronte passed on to his children.

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