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Monday, June 28, 2010

Contemporary Reactions to Villette

"That's a plaguy book that Villette.  How clever it is--and how I don't like the heroine." William Thackeray

"There is something almost preternatural in its power."  George Eliot

"All the female characters, in all their thoughts and lives, are full of one thing, or are regarded by the reader in the light of one thought--love."  Harriet Martineau

Bronte is "nothing but hunger, rebellion, and rage, and therefore that is all she can, in fact put into her book."  Matthew Arnold

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