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90                       THE   BRONTfiS
picture - witness her remarks upon the " Cleo-
patra " in the gallery - without treating the sub-
ject of it as a sort of photographic rival of all well-
brought-up, modest and hard-working women
like herself. " She was, indeed, extremely well
fed : very much butcher's meat . . . must she
have consumed to attain that breadth and height,
that wealth of muscle, that affluence of flesh. She
lay half-reclined on a couch  why, it would be
difficult to say ; broad daylight blazed round her.
She appeared in hearty health, strong enough to
do the work of two plain cooks . . . she had no
business to lounge away the noon on a sofa. She
ought likewise to have worn decent garments - a
gown covering her properly, which was not the
case. Out of abundance of material - seven and
twenty yards, I should say, of drapery " (one can
see Charlotte checking it) " -she managed to make
inefficient raiment. Then for the wretched un-
tidiness surrounding her there could be no excuse.
Pots and pans - perhaps I ought to say vases and
goblets - were rolled here and there on the fore-
ground ; a perfect rubbish of flowers was mixed
among them and an absurd and disorderly mass
of curtain upholstery smothered the couch and
cumbered the floor."
To Charlotte, whose tired eyes, on waking in
the morning, fell on the night lamp dying on the
black circular stand in the middle of the dormi-
tory and who had to take gulps of ice-cold water
from her carafe to quench her chagrin before she
could settle down to the daily round, this Sybaritic
display was quite unbearable. Insult, too, was