What does Charlotte Brontë, or Currer Bell, appreciate about her supporters? How might she have come to feel this way?
She appreciates their enthusiasm, good sense, generous hearts, and open minds. Clearly, Brontë did not expect the kind of positive public response that her novel received, and she is delighted and gracious about it now that the book is going into a second printing.
What messages does she have for her doubters?
She tells them that an outward show of piety or morality is not the same thing as actually having these qualities. Neither is a rigid adherence to conventionality, self-righteousness, or dogma. While the world is often...
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