Happy Birthday Charlotte Bronte!
Today is Charlotte Bronte’s birthday – hooray!
I recently re-read ‘Jane Eyre’ after many years, and it’s been such a joy so decided I had to knit her as part of the non-reading reading challenge I set myself at the beginning of the year.
Charlotte who was born in 1816, was the eldest of the literary triumvirate of sisters, and lived in their father’s parsonage at Haworth on the Yorkshire moors. The remoteness of their home not only contributed to them seeking purpose in writing to escape boredom and loneliness, but permeates their novels with an emotional as well as physical unrelenting bleakness.
Charlotte who outlived her sisters, died aged only 38, just months after marrying her father’s curate, the Reverand A. B. Nicholls, but had by then published ‘Jane Eyre’ (1947), ‘Shirley’ (1849) and ‘Villette’ (1983), a reworking of an earlier novel ‘The Professor’.
In honour of this special day, I shall take her out for a little walk on the moor later to see the mountains, the sheep, the wild ponies and to inhale the fragrant gorse.