By Diane Long Hoeveler, Deborah Denenholz Morse (eds.)
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He fraternizes with “low life” to obtain scurrilous stories Experimentation and the Early Writings 21 about literary rivals. In An Interesting Passage (18 June 1830; Brontë 1987, 1: 170–177), he “fabricates” the theft of books from the Glass Town public library, maliciously maligning Captain Tree (Charlotte’s second literary persona). He reports that Tree and his accomplices transport the books by coffin in a burial procession to the cemetery, where next day the robbers are surprised by gravediggers looking for fresh material for Dr Hume’s illegal medical research (the notorious Burke and Hare murders were reported in Blackwood’s the previous year).
The smug Lord Charles, who usually has narrative control, is made decidedly “uneasy” by his narrator’s playing with her roles as both actor and author and subverting her own narrative voice. He begins hearing voices and believes he has been bewitched by “those beings” who both play with and subvert suggestions of the Gothic. ” But the next moment he wakes up; all appears to be a dream until he finds that the old washerwomen have indeed vanished and cannot be found. Dream is confounded with reality, characters are confused, the narration problematized.
Press. Focuses on the response in the juvenilia to the literary culture of the day, especially the influence of Fraser’s Magazine. Brontë, C. (1987, 1991, 1992). Edition of the Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë, Volume I: The Glass Town Saga 1826–1832; Volume II, Part 1 and Part 2: The Rise of Angria 1833–1835, ed. by C. Alexander. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, and Cambridge, Mass. A complete edition of Charlotte’s juvenilia (volume 3 forthcoming). Brontë, C. (2007). Tales of Angria, ed. by H. Glen.
A companion to the Brontës by Diane Long Hoeveler, Deborah Denenholz Morse (eds.)