The years 1835–40 are important but unhappy ones for all the Brontës. Charlotte spent most of her time teaching, not very cheerfully, at Miss Wooler’s school and made her first unsuccessful attempt to be a governess. Branwell was faced with considerable setbacks in his aspirations to be an artist, and, like Charlotte, received discouragement in his literary ambitions. Emily made two brief forays from home, as a pupil at Miss Wooler’s and as a teacher at Miss Patchett’s school near Halifax; on both occasions she suffered from homesickness. Anne was ill and unhappy at Miss Wooler’s school, and her first attempt to be a governess was as unfortunate as Charlotte’s.


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    A. C. Benson, The Life of Edward Benson, Sometime Archbishop of Canterbury (London, 1899) I, p. 12.Google Scholar

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  • Tom Winnifrith
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  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

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