CHAPTER VI Charlotte and Emily at the Pensionnat Heger - Villette - Miss Branwell's death - Charlotte and M. Heger-back at Haworth - publication of the poems - Bran-well's break- do wn, THE externals, at any rate, of the Brontes' life in Brussels have been depicted in Charlotte's two novels, The Professor and Villette. Until 1894, when the Heger Pensionnat in the Rue cTIsabelle was pulled down, it was possible, with these books as a guide, to find one's way through the former schoolrooms and dormitories and to identify the neighbouring Athenee and the small window in it overlooking the Pensionnat garden and the allee defendue. If there were any doubt (which, ap- parently, according to those who knew the Hegers, there is not) as to the originals of M. Paul Emanuel and Mme. Beck in Villette, Charlotte's anxiety to prevent a French edition of the book from appear- ing would dispose of it. The Brontes were not happy in Brussels. It was hardly to be expected that they would be. They were past the school-girl age - Charlotte was nearly twenty-six, Emily twenty-three-and-a- half- when they arrived there. They were Pro- testant to the core and Charlotte, despite her enthusiasm for travel and the sight of foreign places, was not unlike M. Taine's Englishwoman who. on reaching Paris, wrote home saying : 8?