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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall | Anne Bront
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AnneCecilie
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 1mo
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batsy
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#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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This book took me by surprise by its fierce, uncompromising feminism. I love Helen's righteous anger. Anne's often the sidelined Brontë sister but this novel shows her to be worthy of as much adulation as Charlotte and Emily.

I was going to pick Woolf's To the Lighthouse, another T book that I love a lot, but I've mentioned Woolf once already so I wanted to show Anne some love 💜

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LadyBird
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If you have not read this gem, I highly recommend you do so!! Published in 1848 under the pseudonym Acton Bell, Anne Brontë invites the reader into a realistic (not romanticized) fiction in which she sheds light on alcoholism and abusive conduct through a woman‘s fight to gain freedom from her oppressive husband. Beautiful sensory details depict the landscapes and emotions found within the story. It reads as if it were poetry.

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Mycoffeeiscold
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This may be my favorite Brontë. It‘s the first from Anne I‘ve read. The struggle of a woman in the throes of an abusive marriage is so well captured. I was especially struck by the depiction of emotional abuse. “You may think it all very fine, Mr. Huntingdon, to amuse yourself with rousing my jealousy; but take care you don't rouse my hate instead. And when you have once extinguished my love, you will find it no easy matter to kindle it again.”

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Mycoffeeiscold
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Listening to this gem while taking in a gorgeous Maine lakeside view.

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Second day of vacation, first time reading as a strong headache seems finally gone.
Not liking this Arthur character... He is up to no good.

SamAnne Oh, I enjoyed this book. 2mo
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DivineDiana
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Dear mysterious Helen. Trapped in a marriage that was not at all what she anticipated, she eventually takes flight. Her new life begins in seclusion with her young son, Arthur. The locals discover her and want to know more, particularly, Gilbert. Atmospheric. A brave, stoic woman protecting her son at all costs.
This was a favorite of the #Pemberlittens reads.
Thank you @BarkingMadRun for leading the way. Loved your posts!

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June Reads!! Cruel Prince was my fave. There were none I didn‘t like.

Clare-Dragonfly Holly Black 🖤 3mo
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BarkingMadRun
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When you‘re reading a book about “the last Brontë” and she talks about Tenant…. So accurately lol (The Madwoman Upstairs)

Bklover I had to come find you! I miss your daily posts!!! Gonna have to stack this one! 3mo
BarkingMadRun @Bklover stay tuned for daily posts about Longbourne lol 3mo
Bklover Ooh I didn‘t know you were doing Longbourne. I‘ve never heard of it so who‘s the author? Don‘t care what it‘s about- I‘m in! 3mo
BarkingMadRun I‘ll tag you on the post, I‘ll be posting about it starting tomorrow morning 3mo
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nanuska_153
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When an author writes a novel as if it was a letter to an unnecessary character, and introduces another story written within the story (the diary,which cuts the story) I feel it's lazy or clumsy narrative,not knowing how to set the tone. Despite that error the story keeps you hooked, this was a reread for me and I couldn't put it down.Also a woman, leaving her husband to make an independent life must have shook society ⬇️⬇️

nanuska_153 Apparently, Anne's brother was an alcoholic that died suffering from his addiction, although he was not cruel like Huntington, more like Lord Lowborough. It breaks my heart that she redeemed the character seeking the happy ending her brother couldn't have; while giving his destiny to an awful man, writing the concerns about his eternal damnation that must have hunted her while witnessing her brother's death 3mo
nanuska_153 As a side note, I know many of you #Pemberlittens didn't like Gilbert, I don't like him either, but I find both him and Helen well matched, they are both overly dramatic with their plan of not writing in six months and they both think too highly of themselves. I'm not complaining, in case you haven't noticed from my previous reviews, I LOVE UNNECESSARY DRAMA! (and for some reason, annoying characters) 3mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I have now read all 3 of the Bronte's novels. Wildfell Hall edges out Jane Eyre as the one I liked best. Simply because there wasn't a crazy woman in the attic. #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights is definitely the worst IMHO.

None of these will be going on my #forevershelf. Took 📸 at B & N and then put them back on shelf and bought 3 other books.

#Pemberlittens
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DivineDiana They are beautiful though! ❤️ 3mo
BarkingMadRun Love it! 3mo
sprainedbrain I really like Wildfell Hall as well, but Jane is still my favorite by an edge. I know I‘m probably toxic af but I still ❤️ Rochester. Right there with you on WH, though. 😂 3mo
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Not sure if she is part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, but I know you can never be too young to join the fight for equality. First Pride Festival for this little one 🥰

I don't have the heart today for reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, I'm too full of love to share my day with Hargrave...yes, I'm that late with chapter a day 😅 and yes, I hate him more than I hate Huntington...

#Pemberlittens

Ruthiella What a cutie! 😃 I understand your reluctance with The Tenant. Helen is surrounded by awful men. 3mo
nanuska_153 @Ruthiella yeah nobody writes awful men like the Brontë sisters do! 3mo
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DebinHawaii
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Finished earlier this week with the #PemberLittens. I am going to give it a pick even though I despised most of the characters. Was there a good man in the book? In all of Victorian England? I read a plot summary somewhere that stated Gilbert matures, redeems himself & becomes a better man in the end. I disagree-it was still all about “me, me, me” & it‘s not saying much that he was a better choice than Mr. Huntington. Ah Helen, I wanted you to↕️

DebinHawaii …live your life as a wealthy singleton! ??‍♀️ All that aside, I think Anne Brontë wrote a compelling story & while I doubt I will ever reread it, it wasn‘t bad. (I don‘t hate it like Wuthering Heights or like it as much as Jane Eyre, my only other Brontë sister reads.) ?Thanks to @BarkingMadRun for hosting. I wasn‘t great about hitting the daily chapters (the best way to read this one though) but loved reading your posts. ? (edited) 3mo
DebinHawaii Also it‘s another book finished for #BigJuneReadathon @Clwojick 📚🎉 3mo
BarkingMadRun Congrats on finishing! It was definitely tough to like any of the male characters (little Arthur wasn‘t bad 🤣) 3mo
julieclair Perfect memes! 😂 3mo
Clwojick Woohoo! Way to go! 3mo
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@Crinoline_Laphroaig I thought I remembered yet another H name, but I wasn‘t sure! But there it is, he was writing to his BIL

Bookwormjillk Mystery solved, but don‘t love that he shared her diary with his brother in law. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @Bookwormjillk that definitely bothered me, he promised to keep them secret and told his BIL every damn thing! So so wrong!! 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Thank you! 3mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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And we are done🥳 ‼️
This was so much better than #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights.
@BarkingMadRun #PemberLittens

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peanutnine
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This had the most frustrating characters ever and I was constantly screaming at the audiobook for their stupidity 😅🤦🏼‍♀️
Despite the unlikeable characters, I was invested in the story. I thought the framing of Gilbert's letter and Helen's diary entries was interesting.
I'm glad to have read this along with the #Pemberlittens - I think more than one chapter a day would have been too frustrating lol @BarkingMadRun

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I find it difficult to rate/review this book. I didn't like any of the characters. I pitied Helen, she was so naive, also very brave, but I couldn't identify with her value system at all, which made it difficult to empathize with her. Gilbert was a jerk, and I wish Helen had kept her distance from him. Huntingdon was of course despicable, but I was fascinated by how well Brontë had captured his nature on the page. ⬇️

eeclayton It was a compelling read, but I'm not sure it would've been as enjoyable as it turned out to be if it wasn't for the #pemberlittens and @BarkingMadRun 's daily posts and hilarious hashtags 😂 3mo
BarkingMadRun lol I feel this! I‘m glad my hashtags got you through 🤣🤣 3mo
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Final post: what a whirlwind! Anne sure kept us on our toes with this one! Ups and downs, jumping to conclusions, making assumptions, and so much more! This was my first time reading it, and it drove me nuts, but I did enjoy it. I still think Helen deserves better, but was there actually anyone in her life who was better? Men just sucked back then 🤣 Drop your final thoughts below! #andtheylivedhappilyeverafter #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheAromaofBooks I'm glad I read this one, but I don't think I'll sign up for a reread 😂 In the end at least Gilbert wants Helen to be happy, and even though he's kind of dumb and self-centered, I also think he'll be very trainable so Helen should be able to bring him up to snuff 😆 3mo
BarkingMadRun @TheAromaofBooks yesssss well said!!! 3mo
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ravenlee @TheAromaofBooks good point! Gilbert‘s an idiot but there‘s potential. I see a lot of eye-rolling from Helen, but she‘s always keeping in mind how much worse it could be (and was). 3mo
BarkingMadRun @ravenlee so sad that Gil is a step up 🤣🤣 3mo
TheBookHippie When you think how much worse could it be for women … then oh yeah… ugh. The lesser of the evils 🤷🏻‍♀️ I read this as a teenager and remembered almost nothing 🤣 this was fun to read with a group I enjoyed every minute!!! (edited) 3mo
Librarybelle “Men just sucked back then.” Love it! 😂 3mo
julieclair @TheBookHippie Ditto! I could have written this exact comment. Especially the part about how fun it was to read with the group! 👍 3mo
julieclair At least Helen seems happy. And of course little Arthur adores Gil. So all's well that ends well, I suppose. Although there's no accounting for taste... 🤪🥴 3mo
julieclair @BarkingMadRun You have done an amazing job of making this buddy read so very fun! Your memes! Your hashtags! Thank you! 💝 3mo
eeclayton I would've been happy with the ending of the last but one chapter, but at least little Arthur got an okay-ish stepfather this way. I still don't understand what Helen saw in Gilbert, and I feel like he was more obsessed with her than really loved her, especially before reading her journals. Anyway, it was fun reading with you all, and I loved the daily posts @BarkingMadRun 💕 3mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair @eeclayton I‘m glad you had fun!! 3mo
tpixie @BarkingMadRun thanks for letting me join in! You are a great host!! 3mo
BarkingMadRun Thanks @tpixie 🥰🥰 3mo
peanutnine I agree with everyone, Helen is definitely settling for Gilbert - he's not an ideal man but she doesn't have any better options. And at least he will be good to her and Arthur. Thanks @BarkingMadRun for your hilarious posts - I looked forward to them each day! 3mo
Ruthiella My feeling was she knew she could manage Gil to be the kind of man she needs. But, yes...good men were likely hard to find in that time and place. Thanks for hosting! 😊 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Thanks for hosting the buddy read! This was so much fun! 😁 BTW I posted the article I mentioned a while back in my review. 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Who was hoping Helen sent him packing⁉️🙋🏻‍♀️ A widow in control of her own money was a much power as a woman could get back then. So why marry??? At least he'll be easy to manipulate. 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Also did we ever learn who Gilbert was writing to? 3mo
BarkingMadRun @Crinoline_Laphroaig omg did it ever say?!? I don‘t know! I must investigate! 3mo
Bookwormjillk @BarkingMadRun thanks so much for leading us through this discussion. I enjoyed this read, but am not sure I would have finished without you all. 3mo
Bklover @BarkingMadRun This was a first time read for me so thank you so much for making it so much fun! I also appreciate Helen for reassuring me that I am not the only woman with terrible taste in men! Gil got very very lucky. He definitely married up. (edited) 3mo
BarkingMadRun @bklover he certainly did!! 3mo
inthegreensandblues @Crinoline_Laphroaig @BarkingMadRun It was his sister Rose's husband he was writing to. I just finished and it was in the last sentence. They were sharing tales of their youth. 😊 3mo
inthegreensandblues @BarkingMadRun Thanks for leading the buddy read! I enjoyed my first Anne Bronte. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @inthegreensandblues that‘s what happens when you read ahead! When you make your posts a week later, you forget things! 🤣 3mo
rubyslippersreads @Crinoline_Laphroaig Her aunt agreed with you! 3mo
rubyslippersreads I didn‘t care much for most of the characters, but after reading about the protracted suffering and death of Mr. Huntingdon, I realized that Anne probably had firsthand knowledge from observing her brother Branwell, which I find very painful. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @rubyslippersreads I wish I had known that going in, instead of reading the article after. It would have helped a lot, poor Anne! 3mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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Oh man, what the heck, Helen. Have you no taste? ? #PemberLittens

Here‘s a great article about Anne Brontë and this book! https://www.vox.com/culture/2020/1/22/21070888/anne-bronte-200th-birthday-tenant...

julieclair Great article! Thanks for sharing. 3mo
ravenlee That article is great - I LOVE how the author treats the Gilbert question. It‘s even in the captions for the illustrations! 3mo
tpixie Thanks for sharing the article!!! 3mo
BarkingMadRun Thank you for sharing the article!!! 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly @ravenlee Gilbert (who is the worst) and Helen (who is great) 😂 3mo
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Librarybelle
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Brontë writes a dramatic tale of a mysterious new occupant at Wildfell Hall and Gilbert‘s obsession with said tenant. Gilbert, the almost comically naive narrator, bumbles along on his journey of discovery - I‘ve yet to recall such a blindsided male character in classic literature. But, I think this, along with the mysterious female tenant, points to the feminism attributes to this novel. Brontë, the lesser known of the 3 Brontë sisters…⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle …writes such a polished novel, it‘s incredulous to me that this is not better well known. We know so much about Charlotte and Emily, whose Wuthering Heights is either loved or vehemently disliked, but Anne is almost dismissed or left behind. TTOWH is extraordinary - in my opinion very well crafted. I had started this years ago but had to set it to the side for other obligations; I am so glad I could enjoy this again. Thanks to #PemberLittens 3mo
Librarybelle …for giving me the opportunity to start this again and complete it. I enjoyed every maddening page (maddening because of Gilbert‘s long lamenting pining over Helen…insert 🙄). Many thanks to @BarkingMadRun for the wonderful daily checkins!! @sprainedbrain 3mo
Sophronisba I have been meaning to read Anne Bronte for literal decades but I never seem to get around to it. 3mo
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BarkingMadRun I‘m glad you enjoyed it! It definitely ran on at more than one occasion lol 3mo
Librarybelle @Sophronisba I hope you are able to get to her works soon! She has incredible talent in my opinion! 3mo
Daisey Great review and I very much agree! I‘m so glad I finally got to this one. 3mo
Librarybelle @Daisey Thanks! I‘m so glad #PemberLittens chose to read this one! 3mo
PageShifter I am happy that you enjoyed 💞 3mo
julieclair Great review! I agree that this is a very well crafted book. I'm not sure why Anne has been so underrated over the years. 3mo
tpixie @Sophronisba she‘s my favorite Brontë ! 3mo
tpixie @Librarybelle great review. I love Anne the best! 3mo
batsy Nice review! I felt the same when I first read Anne—years later after reading Charlotte & Emily. And I love this cover! 3mo
Librarybelle Thank you, everyone! So glad you also find Anne to be an excellent storyteller! @PageShifter @julieclair @tpixie @batsy 3mo
tpixie ❤️ 3mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 52: Gil travels to find Helen, only to discover that now she‘s loaded….. she he doesn‘t think he is good enough for her anymore. #honeyyouneverwere #shedeservesbetter #soselfish #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Lcsmcat I love all your tags , especially #honeyyouneverwere! 3mo
BarkingMadRun @Lcsmcat lol thanks, this book has me so salty 🤣🤣 3mo
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MoonWitch94 Those hashtags 🥳 #chefskiss 3mo
BarkingMadRun Lol thanks @MoonWitch94 😘😘 3mo
Bklover It was worth reading this book just for the hashtags! #😂😘 3mo
BarkingMadRun @Bklover at least something good came out of it 🤣🤣 3mo
julieclair At least our Gil is finally right about something. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
eeclayton @julieclair this might be the first time he wasn't completely selfish. I'm afraid it won't last too long, though. 3mo
julieclair @eeclayton Unfortunately, I imagine you're right. 😬 3mo
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Chapter 51: Eliza tells Gil that Helen is going to marry Hargrave, so he heads out to stop the wedding. But does he arrive in time? #pemberlittens #chapteraday #yasnoozeyalose #runGilrun

Clare-Dragonfly Gil sure does love making assumptions about what people are thinking! 3mo
BarkingMadRun @Clare-Dragonfly he is the absolute worst 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks I couldn't deal with the way he was all wound up about her “betraying“ him, like dude, you've literally been moping around for over a year?!?! I honestly was hoping that she really had moved on! 😂 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Also, does the text ever call him Gil or did we all just decide to go with that? 😂 3mo
BarkingMadRun @Clare-Dragonfly lol that was me, I don‘t think he‘s ever referred to anything but Gilbert 3mo
BarkingMadRun @TheAromaofBooks all the yesses!! I was not super thrilled with the idea of her with Hargrave, but Gilbert is no prize either 🤣🤣 3mo
Bklover This woman has seriously bad taste in men. 3mo
DebinHawaii ALL of the men in this book annoy the 💩out of me!!! 😤 3mo
julieclair I just feel so sorry for poor Helen. She deserves a much better man than any of these guys. 3mo
MoonWitch94 The men in this book are just SO awful! 😵‍💫 3mo
nanuska_153 I couldn't stop thinking about the Simpsons parody of the graduate, Gilbert running to stop the wedding was too funny to think of the graduate directly 3mo
BarkingMadRun @nanuska_153 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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Audio really captures Eliza's Mean Girl spirit.

And with less than an hour to go I was tempted to finish. But I'm determined to stay the Chapter a Day Distance. 🚶🏻‍♀️🎧📖

@BarkingMadRun #PemberLittens

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Chapter 50: Gil is waiting for 6 months to go by, so he can write to Helen. But her uncle dies, so he waits, and then she keeps traveling, so he waits, and then ……. #justwritethedamnletter #meanwhile #MrsLowbroughdies #goodriddance #grimsbydies #peaceout #hattersleyeandLowbroughlivetheirbestlives #andGilsstillwaiting #pemberlittens #chapteraday

tpixie Lol 😂 3mo
TheBookHippie Seriously 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig I've never read this. But it's a Bronte so my money is on Unhappy Ending. 3mo
TheBookHippie @Crinoline_Laphroaig Which is why I love them so much! BAHAHAHAHA. 3mo
Bklover Well Mr Bean made me smile. 3mo
BarkingMadRun @Bklover there were a lot of memes with skeletons lol but who doesn‘t love Mr Bean?!! 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Wow, I had some mixed feelings about this one!! A GR review I saw said something like "I respected this novel more than I enjoyed it" and I think that really captures my sentiments as well. The story Anne has written here is powerful and engaging, and thinking about how daring it was to publish a story about a woman standing up for herself and bailing on her husband (/owner) in 1848 makes it all the more powerful. I also appreciated Helen's ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) strong moral code and commitment to her religious beliefs. She was an amazingly strong character whose unwillingness to compromise her conscience meant that her life was harder in the short run, but I never felt like she “deserved“ what was happening to her, despite opportunities to change her path. I really admired Helen, even if she did get a bit preachy from time to time. I did feel like the ending dragged on a bit too long ⬇ 4mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) (mild spoiler below) and I did feel like there wasn't a single genuinely GOOD man in this entire story - Gilbert made me roll my eyes constantly at how sensitive, spoiled, and whiny he was about EVERYTHING. Helen's brother was SO smug and self-satisfied all the time that I just wanted to sock him in the nose (I honestly didn't blame Gil for that one!).

All in all, this was a really worthwhile read. This is only my second venture into ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Bronte territory, but this definitely gets my vote over Wuthering Heights! However, it's not a book I see myself rereading.

Thanks for the pick #PemberLittens - I am really enjoying reading these classics, and having the whole gang along helps keep me on track and engaged in books I otherwise might not finish!! @sprainedbrain @BarkingMadRun

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TheAromaofBooks Honestly not over the part where Gilbert thinks Helen is going to marry someone else and is all like, “How could she leave me??“ Bruh, you haven't contacted her in over a year????? Is she literally just supposed to pine for you forever??? If you want her, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT you whiny little whiner! Oh my GOSH! 😂 4mo
REPollock I felt the same way about it. ✊to Anne for the mettle to write it but I felt awful for women trapped in those societal circumstances. 4mo
BarkingMadRun That quote is perfection 4mo
sprainedbrain Excellent review!! 4mo
ravenlee This was my favorite of all the Brontës I‘ve read, but as I hate Wuthering Heights and just don‘t get the appeal of Jane Eyre it‘s definitely a qualified win! ? 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks LOVE this photo!! ❤️ 4mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @REPollock - Exactly! Like I really appreciated her boldness in calling out the problems she saw, but it doesn't make for very “fun“ reading material!! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarkingMadRun - As soon as I saw that line, I knew that was EXACTLY how I felt about this book, and I think it's why I kept reading it, despite note really enjoying it. I felt like Anne was sharing a powerful message, almost liked I owed it to her to hear what she had to say. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @ravenlee - Right? With Wuthering Heights as its only competition for me so far in Bronte-reading, being the first-place winner isn't exactly a rousing endorsement! 😂 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @AlwaysBeenaLoverofBooks - Thank you!!! Those dried flowers came out of a bouquet I received years ago and they still somehow look nice!!! I got really excited because I thought they matched the book so well!! 😂 3mo
Daisey @ravenlee This is my first time reading this one and I‘m not sure which I like more between it and Jane Eyre. I had a much harder time with the love story of Jane Eyre when I read it so they might just be tied now. I thought this one had a much better message than the others. 3mo
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Chapter 49: Huntington goes back to his old ways with some pretty disastrous results. #helencanstoprunning #ihopeshesaiditoldyouso #peaceouthuntington #pemberlittens #chapteraday

peanutnine Honestly, FINALLY. I've never wanted a character's death more 4mo
BarkingMadRun @peanutnine seriously! I didn‘t even feel bad for cheering 🤣 4mo
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Bookwormjillk Whew 4mo
julieclair Finally! Helen is a free woman. And also a saint. Her patience and sense of duty are astounding. Huntingdon SO did not deserve her. #understatementoftheyear 😂 4mo
DebinHawaii Same!!! 😆 3mo
Bklover @peanutnine Me too! I kept thinking Please don‘t get better Please don‘t get better!! 3mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 48: Helen stay to tend Huntington and Gil gets permission to tell the neighbors that they were wrong about her…. #nogoodhashtagstoday #pemberlittens #chapteraday #ifinisheditallyesterday #couldnotstop

TheBookHippie In my defense it is what I did today at the doctor 🤣♥️ and it wasn‘t as fun with out me talking aloud to the book. 😝 4mo
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Bookwormjillk I haven‘t finished yet, but I probably will today. Once I get to 90% it‘s hard to stop 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
BarkingMadRun @Bookwormjillk I totally agree!! 4mo
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I couldn‘t stick with #chapteraday so I finished in fits and starts. Pick- for this one, though it‘s my favorite Brontë novel I‘ve read. The diary portion was the best, I found Gilbert annoying and unattractive but Helen‘s preachiness wasn‘t winning me over either. It was believable in its characters, at least. Thanks #PemberLittens for pushing this one off my shelf and into my hands!

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I read ahead of the #pemberlittens (sorry!) but no spoilers. I enjoyed the ride, but could have done with less preaching from the author. 😀 That, and Gil saying he didn‘t notice the scenery around him and then going into great poetic detail, pulled me out of the story a bit. Minor complaints though, for a good story.

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Chapter 47, and all I wanna say is 🤬🤬🤬🤬 that‘s it. That‘s all I got. #IYKYK #runhelenrun #notthatway #turnaround #atleastshemadeacontractthistime #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheBookHippie UGHHHHHHHHHHHH. 4mo
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julieclair I am tearing my hair out. This is so frustrating! 😵‍💫 4mo
Bklover I agree with everyone. 4mo
ravenlee And now for something completely different - oh wait, it‘s not. 4mo
eeclayton I missed a few days but am completely caught up now. I want to say two things: (1) I still don't understand what Helen sees in Gilbert, (2) wtf, Helen? 😕 4mo
BarkingMadRun @eeclayton I know! Sadly, Gilbert is a step up 🤣🤣 4mo
Ruthiella This is the best meme! 😂😂😂 4mo
MoonWitch94 I couldn‘t have summed this up better than this meme! 🙄😂 4mo
Daisey Great hashtags again on this one! 4mo
BarkingMadRun Lol @Daisey I try! 4mo
DivineDiana She‘ll never learn! And I love everything about this post! 👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻 3mo
BarkingMadRun @DivineDiana lol thanks! 3mo
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Chapter 46: Helen is preparing to leave and Gil and Freddy are…. Friends? I‘m not sure Freddy is too thrilled about it, though…. #imsurehemeanswell #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Bklover Freddy should tell Gil to get lost! 4mo
BarkingMadRun @Bklover I totally agree! 4mo
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ravenlee I feel like Freddy really wants (but is too British-well-bred) to do is tell Gil to f#*% off. 4mo
BarkingMadRun @ravenlee 🤣🤣🤣 yes!! 4mo
TheBookHippie @ravenlee 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4mo
MoonWitch94 Yes @ravenlee 👍🏻😂🤩 4mo
Bookwormjillk Freddy is more like a hostage than a friend. 4mo
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Daisey
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I spent several more hours in a tractor the last few days and couldn‘t resist finishing this book. I didn‘t like any of the men, except possibly Frederick. This led me to wish that it had been told strictly from Helen‘s perspective. I truly appreciated the message about careful consideration of marriage vs. singleness (so sharing this quote again) and Helen as a strong, determined mother.

#PemberLittens #audiobook #BooksOnTheFarm #1001books

tpixie Such a great quote!! 4mo
Daisey @tpixie I thought so! Also, I feel like there was another book you recommended once I got around to reading this one. Can you tell me again? 4mo
tpixie @Daisey maybe another of her books (edited) 4mo
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Daisey @tpixie No, I‘ve already read that one. Maybe I should see if you commented when I read it or maybe I‘m completely thinking of the wrong book. 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
Daisey It‘s the middle of June and I finally made time to update my #BookSpinBingo card. This is my June #BookSpin book 9. 4mo
tpixie @Daisey hmm I‘m not remembering… 3mo
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Chapter 45: Gil visits Helen, and she tells him that she must move again now, but they can write each other…. Someday. He agrees and even apologizes to Freddy…. #helengotsmart #runhelenrun #Gilisstillachild #cannotbetrusted #pemberlittens #chapteraday

StolenBookmobile Oh Toby Stephens 🤩 4mo
ravenlee Such a not-apology! “I‘m terribly sorry that you made me bash in your skull. Very bad behaviour - on YOUR part!” 4mo
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BarkingMadRun @ravenlee omg right?!? He‘s such a child 4mo
Bookwormjillk Sorry I attacked you and left you for dead. Can you put in a good word with your sister? 4mo
Lcsmcat “not quite proper “?!?!??? I am so fed up with him. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk RIGHT?!?!?! UGHHHHH 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Gil: Oh wow, I‘ve learned so much! I am ashamed of my conduct. Also Gil: Forces his way into people‘s houses, admits that maybe it wasn‘t okay for him to beat his friend half to death now that he knows they aren‘t competing for the same woman. 4mo
julieclair I am so over him... 4mo
Bklover That whole section on when he can write her left me completely confused. It was an entire page on my phone and I still don‘t quite get whether it‘s six months or never. 🙄 (part of me is wishing it was never!) 4mo
BarkingMadRun @Bklover I think that after 6 months he‘s allowed to write to her, if he still loves her. So dramatic! 4mo
nanuska_153 Oh well, if Gilbert looks like that I finally get what Helen sees in him! 3mo
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Ch.33
“It‘s all these cursed women!” muttered Grimsby. “They‘re the very bane of the world! They bring trouble and discomfort wherever they come, with their false, fair faces and their deceitful tongues.”

Catching up! #pemberlittens

SRWCF Gorgeous picture! 4mo
DivineDiana @SRWCF I only wish I had paid attention to the source. 😕 4mo
SRWCF @DivineDiana Oh, well. Next time! 4mo
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Chapter 44: Helen has escaped! She is safely in Wildfell Hall, and worries that Huntington will find her…. #Gilisnothelping #hecantkeepasecret #bewarehelen #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Bookwormjillk Waiting to see how Gilbert will mess this up for her while feeling sorry for himself. 4mo
BarkingMadRun @Bookwormjillk omg I was thinking the same thing! 4mo
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ravenlee I had honestly forgotten the framing story over the flashback chapters, and couldn‘t even remember Gil‘s name. Coming back to that bit was jarring, and now I‘m back to being disgusted with Gil and worried for Helen. 4mo
BarkingMadRun @ravenlee definitely the downfall of a chapter a day, when the chapters are so short, and there are so many! It was majorly disorienting for me! 4mo
julieclair You just know she's going to be discovered at some point. None of her neighbors can mind their own business, or keep a secret. 4mo
Ruthiella @ravenlee Such a rude awakening to realize she escaped only to end up with man-baby Gil! 😬 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Gil continues to be incredibly self-centered 🙄 4mo
ravenlee @Ruthiella right?! I‘d ask for a refund on that Cracker Jack prize. 4mo
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Chapter 43: Huntington brings home a “governess” 🙄🙄 which finally gives Helen the courage to leave! 🎉🎉🎉 #runhelenrun #dontsearchcheatingwiththebabysitter #itsallgraphic #yourewelcome #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheBookHippie “Governess” 4mo
BarkingMadRun @TheBookHippie 🤣 I‘m calling it like it is 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 4mo
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TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRun 🏆🎉🤣 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly Your tags 😂😂😂 4mo
BarkingMadRun @Clare-Dragonfly I saw things nobody should see 🤣🤣 I had to change my search 🤣🤣 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig RUN HELEN‼RUN‼ 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig And somebody remind me how did she get Windfell Hall. It feels like I've been reading this books for YEARS and I can't remember. 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Checked my Calendar this is Day 43 of 54. Chapter a Day will take us to June 23rd. 4mo
BarkingMadRun @Crinoline_Laphroaig it was her childhood home, I think her brother is the owner 4mo
MoonWitch94 @TheBookHippie 🤣😂🤣😂 YES!!! 🤩 4mo
inthegreensandblues I love this illustration 😍 4mo
julieclair Just when you think Huntington can't get any worse, he outdoes himself. 4mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair it boggles the mind!! 4mo
Bklover @Crinoline_Laphroaig I‘m so glad you said that! It does seem like we‘ve been reading this for a very long time! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh my gosh, your tags just made my day! 😂 4mo
BarkingMadRun @TheAromaofBooks I was telling the hubs about searching for a pic, and he started laughing before I could even finish. He said the search was just screaming porn 😝🤪 4mo
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Chapter 42: Hattersley comes by and gives Helen grief about her lovely husband, so she turns the table and gives him grief right back. #dontmesswithhelen #womanscorned #sheputhiminhisplace #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Clare-Dragonfly I hope he keeps it up but I don‘t have much confidence 😬 4mo
BarkingMadRun @Clare-Dragonfly I don‘t, either. I‘m sure he will try for a few months and then… 4mo
TheBookHippie 🤦🏻‍♀️ 4mo
Bklover I agree- I don‘t think a stern talking to is going to change Hattersley for good! 4mo
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From chapter 41, this quote about choosing to remain single rather than settling for a marriage really seems to sum up an important message of this story for me.

I‘ve been mainly listening to this on audio, but also marking passages in Serial Reader.

#PemberLittens #ChapterADay #quote #SerialReader

Bklover I agree! I wish Anne Brontë had been around longer - I‘d have loved to see what she came up with as she got older. 4mo
Daisey @Bklover So true! This is my first read, but I‘m really appreciating it. 4mo
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Still reading, wanting to catch up. So I decided to go with a dramatization…..which I‘ll enjoy later tonight. In other news……this is my favorite P&P cover. I like the pulp ones.
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Chapter 41: we found out why little Arthur hates 🍷 and plans are made! #runhelenrun #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheBookHippie I so love this daily update, I love Bronte writing so this is like the icing on the cake except with this book I now like your update more!! 4mo
BarkingMadRun @TheBookHippie awww thank you!! I love hosting these buddy reads!! (edited) 4mo
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Bookwormjillk It was kind of a weird method to get the kid to stop drinking but I guess it worked. 4mo
Bklover I agree with @TheBookHippie ❤️❤️ 4mo
julieclair I was pretty impressed with Helen‘s cleverness! 4mo
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Chapter 40: just when you think Helen is going to get away…. #icouldhaveusedagodfathermeme #everytimeithinkimouttheypullmebackin #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheBookHippie 🤯 4mo
MoonWitch94 😩😩😩😩😩😩😩 4mo
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Bookwormjillk The disaster we were all waiting for actually happened 🤬 4mo
tpixie 🥹🥹🥹 4mo
julieclair Poor Helen. She just can't catch a break. 4mo
eeclayton Not to blame the victim here, but it was foolish of her to write her journals in plain sight. And also not to burn them when discovered -- although, of course, there would be no book for us to read then 😁 4mo
Bklover @eeclayton I agree about it being foolish writing it right there in public where anyone can see it!!🙄🙄🙄 4mo
rubyslippersreads This made me furious—at Huntingdon for being such a jerk, and at Helen for not keeping her diary secret. But on a more practical note, wouldn‘t shoving all the flammable painting paraphernalia into the fireplace cause a bigger fire than described? 4mo
BarkingMadRun @rubyslippersreads omg i thought the same thing! I was waiting for the explosion! 4mo
TheBookHippie @rubyslippersreads yaaaas. One would think so🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
nanuska_153 Every time I think I'm out they pull me back in 😂😂😂 Impossible to read without hearing it 3mo
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The answer is NO‼️

" I don‘t like you,‘ I continued, as deliberately and emphatically as I could, to give the greater efficacy to my words; ‘and if I were divorced from my husband, or if he were dead, I would not marry you."

#Pemberlittens @BarkingMadRun

BarkingMadRun I was so proud of her at that moment! 4mo
eeclayton This scene (too) was so infuriating. How dare he say that she must reciprocate his feelings just because he is infatuated? 😠 4mo
peanutnine Loved this line! He was such a jerk - reminded me of all the men who get upset for being "friend-zoned" 4mo
DivineDiana Yes, he would not “get the message”, but I was glad to see that he did not let her down when she called him to validate her innocence. 3mo
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Chapter 39: just when you think it can‘t get any worse! Helen turns to her painting to save money to escape, and Rachel is in on the plan! #runhelenrun #whyamistressed #iknowshegetsaway #pemberlittens #chapteraday

peanutnine Even though we know she gets away, I'm still anxious that something is gonna go horribly wrong before she gets out 😬 4mo
BarkingMadRun @peanutnine yes! Exactly! 4mo
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julieclair I'm glad she has a friend in Rachel. She is going to need help making this plan work. I, too, am worried something may go wrong. It's nail-biting time, lol. 4mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I think we might be at that point where I can‘t stop and keep reading past one chapter 🤣 4mo
Bklover I‘m definitely at the point where I want to keep reading! 4mo
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A book that takes you through the stages of the characters lives. Some ebbing and flowing between good and bad but most stay within their fixed characteristics. Lord Lorborough was the most relatable character who was associated with the wrong sort at an earlier part of this life, proof that you are who you associate yourself with. But Arthur was graced with his karma in the end. I would have never predicted the ending in the beginning.

282Mikado Is the barbed-wire topped fence in the background meaningful in any way with regards to the book? 4mo
Pip2 @282Mikado I guess there are points in the book where it is like a prison lol. My work borders the Airport but work can be like prison sometimes, that is, without all the other unpleasantries. 4mo
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Chapter 38: Lowborough finds out and a duel is suggested. He says no, and the men are disappointed. He takes Annabelle and leaves, which makes Arthur happy. Hmmmmmm #troubleincheatersparadise #pemberlittens #chapteraday

julieclair Duels. What a different world! And the men are disappointed because one of their friends isn‘t going to shoot the other. What?!?! 4mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I was thinking the same thing. Completely ridiculous! It would have served Arthur right if he had lost in a duel! Why do they not think about the outcome?! 4mo
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Lcsmcat @BarkingMadRun @julieclair They don‘t think about ANY outcomes. They think they‘re immortal. 🙄 4mo
BarkingMadRun @Lcsmcat I think our problem is, we assume that they think at all 🙄🙄🤣🤣 4mo
julieclair @BarkingMadRun Sad but true! 😂😂 4mo
Bklover Arthur doesn‘t really care about anyone, including the nasty Annabelle! 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly I think Helen and Lowborough are the only ones with any morals or empathy. 4mo
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Chapter 37: Arthur is off again, which means Hargrave is hanging around. He can‘t understand why she won‘t cheat with him, since Arthur is cheating on her 🙄🙄 #pemberlittens #chapteraday

TheBookHippie I remember decades ago being on bed rest with my daughter and watching soap operas … this reminds me of that 🤣🤣💯💯🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ (edited) 4mo
BarkingMadRun @TheBookHippie omg yes!!! 🤣🤣 4mo
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eeclayton Is there one decent male character in this book? 😠 4mo
Bklover @eeclayton I don‘t think so! They all appear to be jerks! 4mo
Bklover Oh, and Hargrave is creepy. 4mo
Bookwormjillk @TheBookHippie totally! Although Helen is supposed to be good and I don‘t love her much either. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Bklover true to life 🤣 4mo
Clare-Dragonfly @eeclayton Lawrence might be okay but I think we‘ll have to wait to find out… 4mo
julieclair It‘s so weird to think that marrying a decent, hardworking farmer would be considered unacceptable, but marrying one of these degenerates is considered an excellent match. No wonder Jane Austen remained single! 4mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair I know!! Ugh!! 4mo
eeclayton @Clare-Dragonfly I can't wait to find out who he actually is! 4mo
nanuska_153 I'm still catching up, and you'll be like, what's she is talking about, but I have to say it: what amazes me the most is that he is so sure of himself that he thinks just because she doesn't want her husband she can't possibly reject him, as if being alone or not wanting him wasn't an option 3mo
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Chapter 36: everyone is miserable and little Arthur is starting to show tendencies like his father 🙄🙄🙄 #pemberlittens #chapteraday

Ruthiella This is the point where Helen must draw a line. Her son is in danger. 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Anyone else ready for the story to move on. For Helen to do something. We get it Arthur is a wanker. 4mo
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BarkingMadRun @Crinoline_Laphroaig omg yes 🙄🙄 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @BarkingMadRun it's like the Brontes were paid by the word. 4mo
julieclair @Ruthiella Yes! She cannot allow little Arthur to live in this toxic environment. And @Crinoline_Laphroaig “paid by the word”! 👍😂😂😂 4mo
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Not completely accurate, but you get the point! Chapter 35, and I want to toss that woman out a window! What happened to girl code?!?! #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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Chapter 34: Lady Lowborough gets put in her place 🤣🤣 so proud of Helen! #pemberlittens #chapteraday #threecheersforhelen

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