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Full text of "The Brontes"

THE   BRONTES                       95
a bonne fin may have had more to do with it.
Emily did not return with Charlotte : no doubt
she was glad to be wanted at home., now that
" Aunt" was dead and Anne was resuming her
situation with the Robinsons where Branwell was
also joining her as a tutor. The girls were now
possessed of a little money under their aunt's
will. That will was made in 1833, a fact which
should dispose of Mrs. GaskelTs statement that
Branwell was not " remembered " in it because
of his " reckless expenditure " ; for Branwell, at
the date of the will, was only sixteen, when much
was still hoped of him, which was probably the
reason why his aunt left him only her "Japan
dressing-box" and divided her small savings
among her three Bronte nieces and another niece
in Cornwall. Charlotte, Emily and Anne may
have benefited to the amount, perhaps, of about
100 each, assuming that Miss Branwrell had
saved half her annuity during the .twenty years
or so that she had lived at Haworth, and these
small legacies must have seemed riches to them ;
Charlotte, later, told Mrs. Gaskell that she
would have been thankful to have had as much
pocket money as a penny a week at the age of
eighteen.
So a second journey to Brussels came within
Charlotte's own means, after her aunt's death,
especially as it was now arranged that she was to
return as a teacher and to receive a salary of 16
a year. She wanted to improve her knowledge
of German, the better to be able, later on, to start
a school of her own, and admiration for M. Heger