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THE   BRONTES                     8l
mild girl, far shyer than Charlotte, but with a
sense of humour which Charlotte lacked, was
wrestling with the young Inghams at Blake Hall -
cc an unruly, \iolent family of modern children,'5
so Charlotte, from Anne's letters, summed them
up. Anne bore with them until Christmas (1839);
it was then decided, probably by Charlotte, that
Anne was not to return. But she stayed over four
years in her last post with the Robinsons at Thorp
Green - a Bronte record !
Charlotte remained at home for nearly two
years before she found another situation. A good
deal happened during that time. She went for a
month to the seaside with Ellen and sobbed at her
first sight of the sea. She received a second offer
of marriage, from a young Irish curate who was
brought to the Parsonage by his vicar to spend the
day. Charlotte had evidently made herself most
agreeable - " at home, you knowT3 Ellen, I talk
with ease and am never shy " - and Mr. Bryce
and she had laughed and joked together until she
noticed some cc Hibernian flattery " in his con-
versation that she did not " relish." A few days
later came an ardent love letter and proposal, at
which Charlotte laughed. Six months later, the
impulsive youth died suddenly : the news gave
the might-have-been widow quite a shock. The
great excitement, however, was the arrival of a
curate at Haworth, Mr. Bronte's eyesight having
begun to fail. This,young man, William Weight-
man, nicknamed " Celia Amelia " by the Par-
sonage girls because of his pink and white beauty,
soon became a great attraction. Charlotte, of