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08                       THE   BRONTES
But the truth was that Charlotte's zeal for
education had not been as strong as her bitterly
suppressed longing for personal happiness.
She reached home, where the problem of the
future awaited her. Everyone asked what she
was going to do next. She did not know. She
had no energy. She was miserable alone with
Emily and her father, whose blindness was get-
ting worse. Branwell and Anne continued in
their situations with the Robinsons. More curates
came and went. Charlotte had her usual fling
at them in letters to Ellen, dangling a Mr. Smith,
as she had dangled Mr. Weightman, before Ellen's
eyes and highly contemptuous of the narrow-
mindedness of her future husband, Mr. Nicholls.
She returned to the idea of opening a school at
the Parsonage. Cards of terms, offering board
and education to C a limited number of Young
Ladies " at a charge of 35 a year, were printed
and sent out. The " limited number " were to
be housed in an additional room which Aunt's
legacy would enable to be built. The cards fell
upon stony ground : no pupils were obtainable.
As Emily wrote in the memorandum written on
her birthday, July 30th, 1845, intended to be opened
three years later, " the school scheme . . . was
found no go.35 ec Now I don't desire a school at
all/' continued Emily, " and none of us have any
great longing for-it. We have cash enough for
our present wants, with a prospect of accumula-
tion. We are all in decent health, only that Papa
has a complaint in his eyes, and with the exception
of B. who, I hope, will be better and do better