88 THE BRONT&S "There are so many foreigners here." Brussels was full of foreigners : Charlotte discovered this immediately, and was and continued to be horrified at the outward signs of the Catholic religion and Catholics' ways of life. Shyness, added to intolerance, isolated her and her sister : the two can be pictured, avoiding their fellow- pupils and walking up and down the avenue of the Pensionnat garden, a lonely, linked couple in old-fashioned clothes. Emily persisted in wear- ing out-of-date leg of mutton sleeves and lank skirts, and was, of course, completely unsociable, silent even with English friends of the Taylors at school near by, who often invited the Bronte girls to spend the weekly jour de vacance at their house. Charlotte might have donned a frill or flounce occasionally if Emily had not been there to snort at any departure from the Parsonage style of dress - it was more timidity than scorn of new fashions which kept Charlotte a guy - and if Lucy Snowe's conversations with Ginevra Fanshawe were like Charlotte's own with an English fellow-pupil, she was at least open to conversation, though on her side, generally, of a reproving and snubbing kind. Still, evidently, Lucy could not altogether resist Ginevra's chatter about her young men and had a soft corner hi her embittered heart for that flighty young lady. Yet it is because Charlotte was so narrow- minded, " superior " and solitary that Villette is a great book. A genial, open-hearted and open- minded person could not have written it, would not have gone through, really or imaginatively.