Unfortunately I have not been able to get scans of the Villette edition yet. I also have no illustrations of Wuthering Heights, or of Anne’s novels. I do have maybe… 3 of The Professor (from the late 1800s), and some lovely ones for Shirley and Villette still to add! Not to mention a ridiculous number of Jane Eyre illustrations… But I collect them so that’s okay. 😉
I can’t wait for the rest of the illustrations…especially for Villette. I am reading this again for a class and I must say, it is far too eerie.
How do you find this novel in this respect? And do you like this aspect of it?
The ones for Villette are probably… early 1900s, or 1920s.
I only read Villette once, last year, so my memory is not as sharp as it should be. I remember being taken in by the ‘nun’ at first, and it took me some time to realise it was nothing at all. I think it works, though. She is a nervous person, and this sort of psychological terror is in the same world as her own domestic fears.
Both. Although I meant Lucy, Lucy really does channel Charlotte into the fiction, during her darker hours. I’m not sure what you find disturbing. I meant ‘nothingness’ as in finding out it was all a hoax, but is there something else?
I find it disturbing in quite the same way as I find Bertha.
I mean in the end, the secret comes out, and as you say, it turns out to be a hoax..and yet the fact that Bronte chose to portray the “other woman” or (arguably) the “other self” in such means as the Nun who appears at significant moments and relates to Lucy so closely is what I find intentionally bizzare. It is a hoax..and yet not so. I feel that Charlotte Bronte is teasing us with an illusion of a hoax. Because so much of the novel is steeped in burial and repression, the hoax could very well be an extension of that metaphor.