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Full text of "The Brontes"

84                      THE   BRONTES
time. She was looking out for another post which
she found, early in 1841, with the Whites of
Upperwood House, Rawdon. " This place is
far better than Stonegappe, but God knows I have
enough to do to keep a good heart in the matter,5*
she wrote. e< The children are not such little
devils incarnate as the Sidgwicks but they are
over-indulged and at times hard to manage."
The Whites were evidently kind to Charlotte ;
despite their " low extraction/' she admitted it.
They invited Mr. Bronte to stay for a week.
Charlotte writhed : "it would be like incurring
an obligation." She was longing to escape, and
a letter from Mary Taylor, in August, full of
a tour on the Continent, gave her a mauvais
quart d'henre. A plan had been mooted at home
during the summer holidays of her starting a
school with Emily and Anne. " Aunt" had
actually intimated that she might lend 150 for
the purpose. Various plans were suggested,
among them a suggestion of Miss Wooler's, that
the Dewsbury Moor School should be taken over
by the Brontes. But Charlotte had another
scheme by this time, encouraged by Mary Taylor.
This was to go to Brussels, to learn French
thoroughly and pick up German before starting
a school herself. Visions of cathedrals and picture
galleries such as Mary had seen came before her
and wings seemed to be growing out of her
shoulder blades,
Emily was to go too : what she felt about it is
not known. She apparently approved of the first
plan for setting up a school. The two notes,