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108                     THE   BRONTfeS
and standing of these grandees, enjoying surmises
as to the identity of the brothers Bell, telling Mr.
Williams about the " delays and procrastina-
tions " Ellis and Acton Bell were enduring at the
hands of Mr. Newby, speaking also of Ellis and
Acton themselves. " Withering Heights is, I sup-
pose, at length published, at least Mr. Newby has
sent the authors their six copies," she writes on
December i4th, 1847. " I wonder how it will be
received. I should say it merits the epithets of
c vigorous ' and * original * much more decidedly
than Jane Eyre did. Agnes Grey should please such
critics as Mr. Lewes, for it is * true' and c unex-
aggerated' enough. The books are not well got
up - they abound in errors of the press. On a
former occasion I expressed myself with perhaps
too little reserve regarding Mr. Newby, yet I can-
not but feel, and feel painfully, that Ellis and Acton
have not had the justice at their hands that I
have had at those of Messrs. Smith & Elder."
Printers' errors were not Ellis5 and Acton's only
grievance against their publisher. Mr. Newby,
during the summer of 1847, had a brain wave
with regard to advertisement which upset the Bells
terribly. A reviewer, trying to be clever, had re-
marked that Wuthering Heights was evidently an
earlier attempt of the pen which had produced
Jane Eyre. Mr. Newby, who was then seeking to
dispose of Anne's second book, The Tenant of
Wildfell Hall, in America, saw the value of that
remark for advertisement purposes, in view of
Jane Eyre's success, and expressed his opinion to
an American publisher that all the novels were