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3<2                        THE  BRONTES
Moore Smith, "was engaged elsewhere"), she
always took the kindest interest in the children,
the godmother of some of whom she had been,
and had them to stay with her at Huddersfield
when she married the vicar of that town. On her
wedding tour, in 1824, she called at the Cowan
Bridge School and gave, as she entered in her
account book, " 3 Miss Brontes, 2s. 6d. each."
She died in 1837.
Mr. Bronte resigned himself to widowerhood and
became elderly and dyspeptic. He was not a
genial man at the best of times, though when for-
tune smiled he could make a show of sociability
as in the Thornton days. But the misfortune
which had cut short his married life and stranded
him with a family of young children, whom he had
no idea how to love or to educate except by con-
versing with them on the leading topics of the day,
was too much for him. He retired to his study,
and though he did his duty by his parishioners
and was liked by them the better for doing no
more than his duty, he cultivated a poor digestion
and invalidish habits, frequently taking his meals
alone. He took charge of Branwell's lessons - as
a young man he had been a schoolmaster - but
in the bosom of his family, when he was not being
sententious or bad tempered, he was silent and
Miss Branwell, out of a sense of duty to her
sister's children, remained on at the Parsonage.
She was not afraid of her brother-in-law and as
she had a small annuity of 50 a year, the posi-
tion, in some respects, may have been to her