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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Diversion Illustrated Classics)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Diversion Illustrated Classics) | Anne Bront
Featuring an appendix of discussion questions, the Diversion Classics edition is ideal for use in book groups and classrooms. Once considered a challenge to social conventions too brutal to be published, this tale follows the beautiful but evasive Helen Graham to the haven of Wildfell Hall. A talented painter living with just her young son, she quickly becomes the talk of the town, drawing the attention of a young farmer named Gilbert Markham. But when Helen refuses to reveal anything about her past, kind curiosity turns into vicious rumors. Although Gilbert is tempted to believe the worst, his world changes when Helen places her diary in his hands. The shocking details of Helens past and her escape from her husband make this a powerful read and a staggering censure of marriage.
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LouiseWalters
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Loved this book, beautifully written and still relevant in this day and age.

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cathysaid
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My husband bought these for me for Christmas but he was so excited he had to give them to me today. ❤️

DebinHawaii Gorgeous! 😍 2w
Tamra Lucky you!! 2w
readordierachel How wonderful! 2w
BarbaraBB That is so sweet and thoughtful 💕 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻 4w
SamAnne I read this last winter. Really enjoyed reading another Bronte! Shirley is up next for me this winter. 4w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 4w
erzascarletbookgasm @SamAnne I enjoyed Shirley too! 👍❤️ 4w
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bookishbitch
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Pickpick

Another vacation read. And I loved this one too. Apparently it was ground breaking for the time period, to point out the double standard of marriage for men vs women. I'm always grateful when I read these kinds of stories to be born in the here and now as a woman. (Though we still have our challenges.) It is hard to see but there was a double rainbow to the right of the book.

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IndoorDame
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From my TBR. I have one more Brontë to read, I really love the others! #selfimprovementsept #letters/epistolarynovel @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊❤️ 3mo
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alisonrose
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An overall enjoyable classic, refreshingly unique (at least for me) in its depiction of a woman who has put her own life and needs above those of a shit dude. The writing is strong and accessible, and Helen is a terrific character. However, I wish it was only from Helen‘s POV; I didn‘t much care for having Gilbert‘s sections and thoughts bracket hers. Also the “look at this douche I married” stuff went on too long. But still a worthy read. 3/5 ⭐️

Leftcoastzen I need to get to this one! 3mo
Texreader Great review 3mo
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alisonrose
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This is just beautifully written. Which is nice because dang, this book is dragging for a while now. Still enjoying it mostly but the last 100 pages or so could be summarized as: My husband is a douche.

bromeliad 😆 😆 😆 3mo
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alisonrose
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“OUGHT NOT TO LESSEN HER DEVOTION TO HER EARTHLY LORD” 😒😒😒😒😒😒😒😒😒 1) God isn‘t gonna be very pleased to hear that; 2) Helen should now spend 15 hours a day in Bible study; 3) HER EARTHLY LORD gfy you pompous trash fire

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“Let me first establish my position as a friend,” thought I—“the patron and playfellow of her son, the sober, solid, plain-dealing friend of herself, and then, when I have made myself fairly necessary to her comfort and enjoyment in life (as I believe I can), we‘ll see what next may be effected.”

[Ugghhhh douchey Nice Guy™️ thinking. Too much to hope she leaves him to mope in the friend zone, I suppose?]

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alisonrose
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A classic in which a smart woman actually does DTMFA and runs off to do her own damn thing? Sign me the hell up ✅ #nowreading

erzascarletbookgasm I loved this! 3mo
batsy Loved this book, and this cover is lovely. 3mo
Nebklvr This was a good one! 3mo
alisonrose @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @Nebklvr I‘m only about 50 pages in but I‘m really liking the writing style, which isn‘t always the case with a classic, heh 3mo
Nebklvr @alisonrose Read this within a couple of months of reading Middlemarch. Both were great. 3mo
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Naj
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Mehso-so

I appreciate how radical and groundbreaking this book was when it was published, and I enjoyed it for the most part, but it dragged on and on. Things got predictable pretty soon with no end in sight. I skimmed through the last five chapters. Having said that, Helen Hutingdon is one of my new favorite literary heroines.

PickwickPlockPlock I felt the same. 4mo
Naj @PickwickPlockPlock glad to find someone who thinks the same. It's a very well loved book otherwise. 4mo
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overtheedge
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Been on my TBR for soooooo long. Looking forward to starting this tonight!
Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

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mydearwatson
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(Arrrgh, I forgot yesterday!)

#monochromatic #colormepretty @Sweetkokoro

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PickwickPlockPlock
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Mehso-so

I had a hard time with this. More than once I had to stop and read a lighter book before continuing. I recognize the importance of the book, but it was like watching a train wreck. All the men are horrible, including the narrator, who probably was meant to be a good guy. The depressing thing is that we all know it's a fictional example of a very real situation for millions of women through the ages.

rretzler I have this on my list to read for 2019 and I keep putting it off. For me it is also a must read, but not something from which I think I‘ll get enjoyment. 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock @rretzler For me, it helped to read it in parts. I wanted to finish it, 5mo
PickwickPlockPlock ... But I found it too depressing to read it all at once. 5mo
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Tamra
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Mehso-so

Between a pick and so-so. It is full of melodrama, which I enjoy in a period piece, but I have to say some scenes and situations were drawn out to a final d....y....i.....n......g....gasp. In recent years I have developed great respect for the office of editor. 😏

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Palindrome
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Pickpick

When Helen Graham and her young son move into rural Wildfell Hall, moody farmer Gilbert Markham finds himself drawn to the beautiful, inscrutable new tenant. He proffers friendship and she, as pages turn, accepts it. Predictably, village gossip re: Helen‘s beauty and inscrutability prompts Gilbert to have... Second Thoughts! Difficulties ensue, impediments to felicity arise. This oldie-but-goody unfolds in letter and diary form— a diverting read!

Tamra I‘m listening to this one now and really enjoying it! 5mo
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jenniferw88
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UK Littens! Audible has a 2 for 1 sale today - just got these 2!

Verity Audible‘s birthday sale this week has been *very* expensive for me! 6mo
Oryx I'm thinking of getting the Le Guin one too 6mo
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TK-421
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“She did not talk much, but I stood and watched the progress of her pencil: it was a pleasure to behold it so dexterously guided by those fair and graceful fingers.  But ere long their dexterity became impaired, they began to hesitate, to tremble slightly, and make false strokes, and then suddenly came to a pause, while their owner laughingly raised her face to mine, and told me that her #sketch did not profit by my superintendence.” #QuotsyJune19

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Nebklvr
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Pickpick

This was so stressful!! I don‘t know which is worse. To be the character Anne Bronte does or does not admire. She puts them all through the wringer.

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RavenLovelyReads
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Rearranged my bookshelves...this is the side that holds my Worth Press Classics. Does anyone else collect these? #catsoflitsy

krismlars I don‘t but they‘re beautiful! 7mo
JohannaRose Beautiful!! 7mo
RavenLovelyReads @JohannaRose Thank you! 💕💕 7mo
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RavenLovelyReads @krismlars I found most of these at Costco! 🤓 7mo
mabell 😍😍😍 7mo
akckitty Oh wow. Too cute ❤️ 7mo
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LeahBergen
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#LittlestThings (like little classics that fit on your littlest shelf ❤️).

Fun fact: This is the little copy of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall that I read on my honeymoon (MANY years ago) in Venice. Perhaps not the best marriage-themed novel to go with, you think? 😆

#MayMovieMagic

BarbaraBB I‘d love a picture of all your shelves... all are gorgeous, I‘m sure 💕 7mo
Texreader Love it! 7mo
ephemeralwaltz How beautiful! I hope to have a shelf like yours one day! 7mo
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Aimeesue Tenant on your honeymoon! Brave choice! 😂 7mo
batsy Oh dear 😂 This shelf gives me all the happy feels! 😍 7mo
rohit-sawant What @batsy said! 😍 7mo
rubyslippersreads I love little books, and these are gorgeous! 😍 7mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Well, some are nicer than others. I only show the tidier ones. 😆😆 7mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Right? Amazingly, we‘re still together. 😆 7mo
LeahBergen @rohit-sawant @batsy Thanks, you two! 😘😘 7mo
BiblioLitten So beautiful! 😍 7mo
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RavenLovelyReads
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Littens...look at this beautiful book!! 😍😍

BookwormAHN Lovely 😍 7mo
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TK-421
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I finished only 3 books but they were all good! As for current reads, I‘m FINALLY near the end of David Balfour! Anne‘s House of Dreams is still on hold until I get around to reading Anne of Windy Poplars & the others are library loans I haven‘t got to yet. I have no idea what I‘ll read next, but with a book order arriving tomorrow, a couple book sales coming up & my tbr mountain, I‘ll have no shortage of choices! #AprilWrapUp #SpringIntoReading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great job!! ❤️😘 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did good! 📖💖 7mo
JazzFeathers Lloyd Alexander! I read the last book in the series as a kid and l remember that even that young l had the impression he was playing around with the fantasy teopes. Always meant to read the entire series. Thanks for reminding me. 7mo
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bookishbitch
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I am hoping to read this one soon. I just watched "To walk invisible" on Amazon (originally on PBS) and it was fantastic. It is about the 3 Brontë sisters and tells the story of how and why they became authors. Based on their own original letters.

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Andrea4
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Pickpick

I DID IT!!! 8 or so hours in essentially 2 days! Haha
I cannot believe how relevant this book still is- so many say Bronte was ahead of her time with this one but are we just behind our time? Should we not have made further progress??!! That's what I'm left questioning.

llwheeler Agreed! Also way to go for powering through lol 10mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler thanks! It is pretty easy with this one because it is so captivating once you get going! 10mo
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Andrea4
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Damn, this book has gotten so real! After the marriage, the psychological/emotional abuse starts full force and is, honestly, still so relevant and hitting a wee close to home that it makes me in turns angry, sick to my stomach, and disappointed.

erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book! 10mo
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Andrea4
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Confused. I dl this #audiobook to get through the rest of the book by friday's #bookclub meet up and yet it was set to "resume" at very close to the right point I stopped at in the physical book. I swear I never listened to this book before- none of it was familiar as I read it. How strange?
The bruja in me is strong today! ?? @llwheeler

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llwheeler
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From the introduction to the Wordsworth classics edition (1996). So interesting to learn! See my previous post for why I am skeptical of their claims to correction. I've also noticed several smaller instances of things I would consider "obvious errors" ("be" instead of "he"), and can't blame it all on the apparently terrible T.C. Newby since I also found an error in the footnotes. I am loving the book so far but maybe not the edition.
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mrsmarch Now, is it “erors” in error or should it be “erors [sic]”? 10mo
llwheeler @mrsmarch Who knows! 😂 10mo
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llwheeler
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Well I haven't seen this before! A whole paragraph repeated, but with some periods and italics different. So I wondered if it was an error with my edition (Wordsworth classics, 1996), or an error with the original that the editor of this edition chose to keep for some reason. Turns out the original publishers were terrible typesetters (see my next post), so I still don't know. Maybe both?
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SamAnne
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Pickpick

It may be the first feminist novel, written in the 1820s. Groundbreaking controversial story of a Woman painter who makes a bad marriage to an abusive alcoholic and flees—an illegal act in that era. Like her sisters she published under a male name—Acton Bell. Novel begins in the voice of a clueless self-serving man pursuing the mysterious single woman of Wildfell Hall.

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Andrea4
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Who woke up with tonsilitis this morning!? Who just feels like they got full-throttle smacked with full effects of it just now?!
Ugh
Curled up with books, Grace & Frankie, Jane Bear, and 2nd part of my smoothie because throat hurts but stomach also hurts from the antibiotics 🤦‍♀️

squirrelbrain Poor you - hope you feel better soon 🙁 11mo
Andrea4 @squirrelbrain thanks, I'm hoping the antibiotics kick in soon and the swelling and pain go! 11mo
mdhughes72 Feel better! 🤒 11mo
llwheeler Hurray for books and Netflix! Hope you feel better fast!! 11mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler me too. 😕 11mo
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Branwen
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Happy Birthday, Anne Bronte! (1/17/1820) You often get overlooked when people talk about your sisters, Charlotte and Emily, but you will always be my favorite Bronte. 💕 Your novel about a woman leaving her abusive husband was groundbreaking when it was published in 1848, and it helped give me the courage to walk away from a similar situation. So thank you for that. You freaking rock, girl! 🤗💕📚

Naj 💜💜 11mo
ColleenIsReading I‘ve never read any Anne Bronte—which would you recommend trying first? 11mo
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Branwen @erzascarletbookgasm @Naj Thank you, friends 💕 @ColleenIsReading Even though Agnes Grey was her first novel, I would totally recommend reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall first. It's just so well written, and really progressive for her time! 😀 11mo
DaveGreen7777 Glad she was able to inspire you to fight for a better life, Becky! 😊 11mo
Branwen @DaveGreen7777 Thank you so much! 🤗💕 It still amazes me how wonderful my life is! 11mo
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Andrea4
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No wonder it's considered a feminist text, Brontë is holding nothing back in regard to what was considered a woman's place and then proceeding to have her character's debate the merits of such assumptions.

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Andrea4
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Curled up in bed with Anne Brontë, watching a very pretty, wintery scene out my window as my banana bread bakes and I sip my coffee.
Oh the joys of not working in the morning!

erzascarletbookgasm Sounds heavenly! 💓 Enjoy your day! 11mo
mdhughes72 Nice bookshelf!! 11mo
Andrea4 @erzascarletbookgasm thanks!!! My apartment smells heavenly now!!! 11mo
Andrea4 @erzascarletbookgasm thanks!! My apartment smells heavenly now! 11mo
Andrea4 @mdhughes72 thanks!! 11mo
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Andrea4
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Best way to end a letter.
Maybe I'll steal these lines when I write my next letter ;)

mdhughes72 What‘s it say? My tired old eyes just barely can‘t make it out. 11mo
mdhughes72 And while you‘re at it, what does the ink say on the left? 11mo
Andrea4 @mdhughes72 so sorry, here it is. This is the first installment of my debt. If the coin suits you, tell me so, and I'll send you the rest at my leisure: if you would rather remain my creditor than stuff your purse with such ungainly heavy pieces, -tell me still, and I'll pardon your bad taste, and willingly keep the treasure to myself. 11mo
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Andrea4 @mdhughes72 hahaha It says: Amor Fides Veritas Ignosce tibi ipsi. It translates: love, faith, truth, forgive yourself. 11mo
mdhughes72 Thanks! Ah, sounds like there‘s a story there. But I suppose there‘s always a story. 11mo
Andrea4 @mdhughes72 you're welcome. And yes, there is a story; the long version is well, long and complicated. The short version is I knew I would need a constant reminder to love and trust myself and after everything, forgive myself. Past-Me had some good ideas at times.☺ 11mo
mdhughes72 Important lessons that I‘m only now beginning to learn. I‘m the slowest learner I know. If you‘ve already figured it out well enough by now, then you‘re way ahead of me! 11mo
Andrea4 @mdhughes72 haha well I "figured" out that I should do it, doesn't mean it always works out in practice. Hence the need to literally write it on myself for a constant reminder!!! 11mo
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SamAnne
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A pint and an English classic at a beach pub. Perfect. Can‘t believe I never read Anne Bronte before. Perhaps the most subversive of the Bronte Sisters?

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Kat_H
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It's my birthday today and so far my presents are all books or stationery, including a biography of Anne Bronte complete with handstitched Hebridean tweed book cover. Feeling very spoilt!

Marilyncjackson Happy Birthday 🎈🎂 12mo
JaneyWaneyB Happy Birthday 🎂📚🎈🎁 have a lovely day 😁 12mo
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AnneCecilie
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#adventrecommends day 9

A feminist novel, off course I‘m here for that

Emilymdxn This is an amazing book I thought!!! Very unfairly overlooked a lot 12mo
AnneCecilie @Emilymdxn I raced through this. Yes, her sisters books gets all the attention 12mo
Vagablonde My favourite Bronte novel. 12mo
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VanessaCW
Mehso-so

I found this quite waffly and too pious for my liking. I nearly gave up. It did improve towards the middle. I think it could be edited to block out the waffle and be half the size! Not a bad story but just confirms that in the case of classics I usually prefer a TV adaptation.

Buechersuechtling A relief to know that there are other people like me out there, who prefer TV adaptations to the written original when it comes to certain classics. 🙂 8mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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When Helen moved into Wildfell Hall, there was a rumour that she was Mr Lawrence‘s mistress. Gilbert Markham dismissed all the rumours until he saw the two of them together one night, and misunderstood. He beat up Mr Lawrence unprovoked, because he was jealous.

I‘ve just watched the bbc series last night. Though it differs from the novel in some parts, it was a good adaptation. Cast: Toby Stephens (💙), Rupert Graves.

#NoFemmber #jealousguy

Cinfhen Haven‘t read the book or seen the adaptation #MaybeSomeDay seems to be my motto for this challenge 13mo
Cathythoughts I still must read this ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
saresmoore Great pick for this prompt! That scene in the book really caught me off-guard! 13mo
Billypar Great choice! 👍 13mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I have a few great reads this year, all thanks to Litsy and lovely Littens. The tagged book is my latest favourite, an underrated classic.❣️

Congratulations on your Litsy milestone @TheLibrarian 👏 and thank you for having this #70kgiveaway 💖

TheLibrarian Thank you for entering! I haven‘t read this yet and will need to check it out at some point. 14mo
rohit-sawant Couldn't agree more on the book being an underrated classic! 14mo
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DannyOlda
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I usually read a classic in the morning and contemporary fiction at night, but changing things up with this one.

saresmoore I loved this book. 14mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Pickpick

Now I know why this is widely agreed as Anne Brontë‘s masterpiece. It‘s timeless, forward-thinking. An examination of issues that are still relevant and raging today. All the love ❤️ for Anne Brontë, all the stars ? for this book.

#litsyclassics

Adriannagab It‘s the best 😍 I enjoyed that one so much!! Funny how women are still facing similar issues, after so many years 14mo
batsy ❤️❤️ 14mo
Avidreader25 I love this one too! 14mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I don‘t know why this has been sitting on my shelves for so long. I am loving this book so much but have to put it down a while as what Helen is enduring really infuriates me..and the menfolk in her backstory are contemptible!
#currentread

MayJasper Sounds so good 14mo
batsy It's so good... And yes, infuriating! 14mo
Branwen This book seriously changed my life. 💕 Helen is so inspiring! 14mo
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thegreentealibrarian
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#readathon #deweyoct Hour 1: I present my stack and my hot chocolate. 🎃🕸👻💀😚

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Bindrosbookshelf
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📖#currentlyreading
I am really enjoying reading this book, seeing a domestic abuse relationship in the 1800s compared to the other stories written at that time. So brave and still so relevant.
Bindi meanwhile is happy to snuggle.
#dogsoflitsy

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I love that book! 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I still need to read this. Hopefully this year!

#quotsysept18 #guard

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Adriannagab
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Just got this beauty😍😍😍😍 can‘t wait to read it!

RaimeyGallant Pretty! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Adriannagab Awesome thanks! ☺️ 1y
Chelleo Beautiful flower! Welcome to Litsy! 🤗 1y
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🌸🤗 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!! Welcome to Litsy!! 1y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 1y
Aimeesue Pretty! Welcome to Litsy. 1y
mcausten_sister Awesome book! I remember reading it in my school library and losing my mind at several parts brcause of how amazing Anne Bronte portrays Helen. 1y
Adriannagab @mcausten_sister I know! 🙌🏽I haven‘t finished it yet hope it has a happy ending. Anne‘s subversive narrative and sarcasm are brilliant. I‘m obsessed with Helen.👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽 1y
mcausten_sister @Adriannagab Helen is a bad mf who deserves to be in the literary hall of fame. Anne Bronte deserved more than what her sisters let her have. 1y
Adriannagab @mcausten_sister Agreed!😂😂 1y
jfalkens Welcome to Litsy and happy reading!! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy!! 1y
tammysue Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 1y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you are enjoying it here! 1y
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