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Full text of "The Brontes"

14                     THE   BRONTES
you go in, is Mr. Bronte's study, where he often
took his meals alone and where the girls break-
fasted with him. On the left, opposite to the
study, is the larger room, with two windows, where
the family had their other meals and which was
used as a general sitting-room. It was here, at
night, that the three girls paced up and down,
when work was put away for the day and their
father and aunt w^ere safely in bed. Mr. Bronte
used to retire early, winding up the clock that
stood on the half-landing as he went upstairs,
and calling out, as he passed the dining-room
door, " Now, children, don't be late." It was
here, too, that Emily died, on the sofa which has
now come back to the Museum, and here that
Charlotte, alone and desolate, wrote her moving
preface and biographical note to the new edition
of her dead sisters' novels. Behind the dining-
room, is a small room with a side window, that
used to be called the Peat Room ; afterwards,
when Charlotte married, it became Mr. Nicholls'
study. Behind Mr. Bronte's study was the
kitchen, the happiest place in the house for Char-
lotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne in childhood ;
it was there they spent so much time with the
faithful Tabby.
Upstairs, Mr. Bronte's bedroom was over the
study ; Aunt Branwell's room, over the dining-
room. Between the two, over part of the passage,
is a small sort of box-room, which the children
used as a nursery or study, and later Emily is said
to have slept there. Anne slept with her aunt and
Branwell with his father ; Charlotte's bedroom,