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Ear Halford when we were together lastThis is the story of a woman's struggle for independence Helen Graham has returned to Wildfell Hall. Some movies are really pretty bad except for one transcendent performance Sophie’s Choice for instance The glittering pallid Meryl Streep is just brilliant whilst the movie itself is a bit of a pain Same with novels The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a game of three halves For the first 100 pages the tiresomely earnest Gilbert Markham tells his tale of how he fell in love with the new lady tenant of the crumbling hall and how she drove him crazy with her intense mysteriousness and this is all very well but the next 200 pages is the diary of the said lady and wowHelen Graham’s own story is fierce and scintillatingly told It’s of how she set her cap for this beautiful bad boy and got all married to him with everyone telling her it was a terrible mistake and how little by little she found herself living a life of horror – no there was never any physical violence but there were all the colours of the rainbow of psychological violence beginning with the speed his originally perfectly sincere love and lust dwindled away and how his excursions to London with his old rakish buddies began to take longer and longer and how the wine and spirits became and noticeable and how eventually he would openly flaunt his affairs in front of her inviting his latest girlfriend as a houseguest for weeks on end and she not allowed to say one word for propriety’s sake All this in excruciating detail with the screws tightened on each succeeding page Another part of the genius of this section is that Helen herself is self revelatingly skewered I hope this was Anne Bronte’s intention Because Helen is a religious obsessive and we have to say really sanctimonious and frankly is than a bit of a pain in the neck She seems to know the Bible backwards and inside out always has a handy uote from the second epistle of Samson to the Troglodytes or the book of Maccabees Victims of patriarchal oppression are not by this sad circumstance necessarily loveable themselves But the awfulness of the 100% possession of the wife and her money and her property by her husband is a terrifying vision You can see arbitrary oppression running through many 19th century novels – Les Miserables Oliver Twist Caleb Williams etc And here it takes place not in the gory dungeons but in the mimsiest most doily infested of drawing rooms For many women marriage was an invisible prison Alas when that part of the narrative closes we are back to Gilbert for the predictable conclusion to the story and here it is the 21st century reader who might find themselves a trifle oppressed by the jawbreaking circumlocutious language and the interminable periphrasing Gilbert uses fifteen ten dollar words just to tell you he walked down a street The central 200 pages of Helen’s diary are a 5 star read But the first and last sections drag this novel down down down With regret I have to say – overall 35 starsAND NOW A SHORT ONE ACT PLAY ENTITLEDTHE BRONTESAURUS It is late September 1848 the drawing room of the Parsonage at Haworth home of the Bronte family The sisters are discussing literature in between bouts of coughing Bramwell lies dead behind the sofaCharlotte Oh come on you totally stole from Jane Eyre admit it Emily Oh shove off See that stain on the ceiling there That’s Jane Eyre Wuthering Heights now that’s massive 120% original Heathcliff Cathy – boom Already a classicCharlotte Yeah well it’s a pity all the critics think you belong in the loony bin Anne Wait a moment dear sisters whilst I perform a mental calculation Agnes Grey that’s one Tenant of Wildfell Hall that’s two So that’s Anne v Charlotte two one and Anne v Emily er oh Two one again That’s called winning you know Charlotte Oh shut up AnneEmily Yeah shut up Anne Anne How very vulgar but of course no surpriseCharlotte And anyway since we’re on the subject Jane Eyre right she’s a governess right and your Agnes Grey what is she then Oh wait a governess And which one was published first Oh ME – that’s who me You ripped me off I’m going to sue your backside Anne Then I’ll see you in court any day soon dear sister I think you’ll find you have no copyright on the word “governess” There’s than one oppressed governess in merry England Just like there’s than one house Are you going to sue us because our characters live in houses Emily Oh shut up Anne Drone drone drone just like your feeble novels Just because you don’t know when to stop writing They all pause to cough then resume arguing

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The Tenant of Wildfell HallIn flight from a disastrous marriage Exiled to the desolate moorland mansion she adopts an assumed name and earns her living as a painte. 45 starsMove over Charlotte Make room for my new favorite BrontëIt is inevitable for me to compare Anne Brontë with her sisters and Helen Graham with Jane Eyre particularly but I shall momentarily do so anyway Some said this was better than any Brontë novel published some claimed it deeply overhyped After reading this I shall have to agree with the former claim as I thought this book surpassed to uite an extent the love I had for Jane EyreThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall shook me from the first page when I discovered that rather than the conventional female perspective the narrative opens with a letter penned by a male protagonist Gilbert Markham I am not the biggest fan of framed stories but this one was deeply engaging all the way through Through Gilbert’s letter we then dive into Helen’s diaries and her life which forms the majority of the novelHelen Graham is by far of the strongest female protagonist I have ever had the pleasure of reading about It’s not simply because she has been through an abusive relationship and needs to be pitied but because she bears through a lot of nonsense from her husband with such grace that there were points at which I was infuriated at her calmness She takes everything in strides“my bliss is sobered but not destroyed; my hopes diminished but not departed; my fears increased but not yet throughly confirmed”While this sort of pacifism is clearly harmful to her and her son’s existence in reality I have a difficult time criticizing her for bearing through so much before she finally decided to do what was right In such cases things were most certainly easier said than done So though I was angered by her mild reactions at times I cannot fault her in her decisions because I cannot claim something as definitively right or wrong given that I haven’t been through any sort of similar experience as sheBut generally though how could I not love Anne for shaping a character that is constantly being tested and yet never letting that deteriorate her from her and her son’s happiness In the end I would’ve completely understood Helen if she had given up on everything in life on striving to make peace but in the end she doesn’t let anyone destroy her existence And I just had to sit back and admire that for a moment Her patience was tested by than just one character and multiple times throughout but she always responds in a clear sensible manner Her hushed posture can easily be misconstrued for indifference by readers but I don’t think she is indifferent to anything merely aware of the prejudices against her and cynical of her environment because of itI cannot say whether I really liked or disliked Gilbert Markham but I have to argue that I was somewhat disappointed that we did not get to see a lot of interaction between him and Helen once the story is coming to an end Given all that Helen has gone through by the end of her diaries I expected her to be a bit cautious with her affections Similarly I was also a bit unsatisfied with the ending of Jane Eyre so I suppose it’s something that I will eventually have to get pastAnd lastly of course the controversial aspect of this novel and what makes it so fantastic is Helen’s relationship with her husband Anne Brontë is unflinchingly honest in her depiction of alcoholism and how that leads to an abusive marriage She is ruthless in her assertion of how women are shoved into a corner without a voice abused mistreated and exploited in their silence Brontë writes things which are hard to read about but even harder to comprehend as the realities of women—then and now Despite knowing that all of these things still continue to happen in our society and how much for the sake of propriety we force women into mute beings Brontë still managed to craft some sentences which punched me right in the gutHow could I not love something like this

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READ ☆ The Tenant of Wildfell Hall ´ Note Editions of The Tenant that start with You must go back with me are incomplete Actual opening line of the novel is To J Halford Es Dear Halford when we were together lastThis is the story of a woman's struggle for independence Helen Graham has returned to Wildfell Hall in flight from a disastrous marriaNote Editions of The Tenant that start with You must go back with me are incomplete Actual opening line of the novel is To J Halford Es D. Carol said I must list my all time favorite books What a challenge this is I have read everything those Bronte girls wrote even their childhood poetry and I love all of it But Anne will take the showing on my list for her bravery Of course Charlotte was the most prolific and Emily the true brainiac but Anne has my complete respect for being a true literary pioneer she was the first woman to write of a wife leaving her abusive husband and then goes on to lead a happy successful life Up to this point any woman who left her husband met some type of horrific demise At one point in the novel she slams the door on her husband and feminists claim it was the door slam heard around the world Critics were and still are harsh toward Anne because of the structure of the novel she hides somewhat behind the devices of letters and diaries they claim and I agree that her tale would have been powerful had she faced her reader without these BUT let's give Anne a big break she did a truly brave and unprecedented move here so if she hid a bit behind a lengthy dairy entry I will forgive her and relish in the power this tale gives women We owe Anne uite a bit so read this great story with a forgiving heart and when you finish thank her because she is one of our noble literary grandmothers