October 27th, 2014
Charlotte Brontë was born in 1816, the third daughter of the Rev. Patrick Brontë and his wife Maria. Charlotte had two sisters (Ann and Emily), and one brother, Branwell. In 1831 Charlotte became a pupil at the school at Roe Head, but she left school the following year to teach her sisters at home. She returned to Roe Head School in 1835 as a governess. In 1838, Charlotte left Roe Head School. In 1839 she accepted a position as governess in the Sidgewick family, but left after three months and returned to Haworth. In 1841 she became governess in the White family, but left, once again, after nine months. Upon her return to Haworth the three sisters, led by Charlotte, decided to open their own school. In 1842 Charlotte and Emily went to Brussels to complete their studies ,where she remained until 1844.Upon her return home the sisters started upon their project for founding a school, which proved to be a failure: their advertisements did not elicit a single response from the public. The following year Charlotte discovered Emily's poems, and decided to publish a selection of the poems of all three sisters: 1846 brought the publication of their poems, written under the pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. The following year Charlotte's Jane Eyre, Emily's Wuthering Heights, and Ann's Agnes Grey were all published, still under the Bell pseudonyms. In 1848 Charlotte and Ann visited their publishers in London, and revealed the true identities of the "Bells." In the same year Branwell Brontë, by now an alcoholic and a drug addict, died, and Emily died shortly thereafter. Ann died the following year. The Rev. A. B. Nicholls, curate of Haworth, proposed marriage to Charlotte in 1852. She and her father rejected the proposal. However, in 1854 her father gave in and Charlotte accepted his proposal, even though she decidedly was not in love with him. In 1854 Charlotte, expecting a...
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