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THE   BRONTES                      13
as Emily's, scraps of china, old Bronte's spectacles,
who knows how and when they were used,
whether they were valued ? But the rooms, their
adjacency, the views from them of the village,
these are as they always were ; the pilgrim can go
about the house, up and down the stone staircase,
moving across the same distances, led by the same
fundamental impressions as the Brontes had. As
he stands on the stairs, the light which slants in
from the window behind is the light of their after-
noons. Lingering on in the house while the
shadows on the walls alter, he loses a little the
feeling of being a mere visitor and returning to it
the next day, he gains more confidence, until it
seems as if his relationship with the Parsonage had
really become a little bit like what theirs must
have been.
The hall, or entrance passage, is bigger than
one would think, from Mrs. GaskelPs description.
It is quite wide and there is a note of structural
style about the arch in it and the easy-turning old
stone stair. A tall window above the half-landing
of the stair lets in all the afternoon sun. The
house is in line with the church ; the front win-
dows, four below, five above, look east. There is
plenty of light in the house ; the stone-flagged
passage with the arch and the staircase are soft
with it. There is no need to think of it as a
gloomy place. There arc, or rather were, eight
rooms in the Parsonage. Since the Brontes' day,
a wing has been added on the side next to the
lane, but this addition does not much alter the
original plan. On the right of the front door, as