THE BRONTES 133 brother's infatuation at the Robinsons, when they were together as tutor and governess., could no doubt have written an account of wrhat happened: she was observant, fair-minded and had a quiet humour ; but she was as reticent about this as about everything else. She had been secretly in love with Willie Weightman : he was dead : life for her wras very empty and sad : she suffered from religious fears and she was consumptive. BranwelPs health failed fast during this summer but his death on September 24th was unexpected. Charlotte, writing to Mary Taylor in New Zea- land at the beginning of September, does not mention Branwell ; her long letter is entirely given up to an account of the visit which she and Anne had made to London, on the spur of the moment, in July, to see their publishers and to dispose, once and for all, of the story that Wild/ell Hall, recently published, was written, as well as Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey., by the author of Jane Eyre. Charlotte's impressions, of the inter- view at Smith & Elder's, of the Opera House where they were taken, of her awful headache in consequence of so much excitement, of the Smiths' house in Bayswrater where they dined, were as vivid in Sepiember as upon her return to Haworth on July i ith. Branwell was nowhere in her mind then : she had become indifferent to the trouble of his existence. cú He is the same as ever " - she writes, rather heartlessly, to Ellen, later on in the same month - " But has not every house its trial ? " Two months later, Branwell died suddenly.