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Full text of "The Brontèˆ sisters"

THE  BRONTE  SISTERS                          2p
seriously in love with the strange elfin Pauline Home, the
reader never quite believes in her feeling for Mm and does
not care what happens to it; all these subsidiary characters
in these minor plots are invented rather than created, or
rather, drawn too directly from Charlotte s recent experi-
ences with her publisher George Smith, and insufficiently
re-created. But Lucy, Professor Paul, Madame Beck, and
the terrible emotional intensity of the woman alone,
maintaining her integrity against the world, are unique and
splendid achievements.
Works of Emily Bronte
The poems of Emily Bronte, and her novel Withering
Heights, little regarded at the time of their publication, have
now come to be considered amongst the noblest productions
of English literature.
Many of her poems are Gondal poems, but since Gondal
was a wish-fulfilment fiction certainly, but not a neurotic
fantasy like Angria, this does not vitiate their content or
appeal; whether Emily writes in the person of a Gondal
queen or a harassed Yorkshire teacher is no matter: the
emotions presented are always deeply true to life. More-
over, we have to be grateful to Gondal for some of her finest
poems, such as To Imagination, Plead for Me, The Visionary,
and others, where she magnificently defends her imagina-
tion, the creator of Gondal (My slave, my comrade and my
king] against the arguments of reason and the less noble
pursuits of the real world:
He comes with western winds, with evening's wandering z&s>
With that clear dusk of heaven that brings the thickest stars,
Winds take a pensive tone, and stars a tender fire
And visions rise, and change, that kill me with desire.
There are two elements in Emily's poetry whose fusion
provides its special personal quality: the local and the
universal. Her descriptions of her beloved moorlands have