Monday, December 14, 2015

Teaser Tuesday 290: Villette

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

This week’s teaser comes from Villette by Charlotte Bronte, which was a fourth quarter classic group read.

Something in that vast solitary garret sounded strangely. Most surely and certainly I heard, as it seemed, a stealthy foot on that floor: a sort of gliding out from the direction of the black recess haunted by the malefactor cloaks.

(Chapter 22)


Arguably Bronte's most refined and deeply felt work, Villette draws on her experiences as a student in Brussels as well as her profound loneliness following the deaths of her three siblings. Lucy Snowe, the narrator of Villette, flees from an unhappy past in England to begin a new life as a teacher at a French boarding school in the great cosmopolitan capital of Villette. Soon Lucy's struggle for independence is overshadowed by both her friendship with a worldly English doctor and her feelings for an autocratic schoolmaster. Bronte's strikingly modern heroine must decide if there is any man in her society with whom she can live and still be free.


Alice Audrey said...

Shockingly, I hadn't even heard of this one. I'd love to read it, but I find I must be in the right head space for Bronte.

Heather said...

You definitely need to be in the right "head space," as you say, for reading Bronte. Many critics believe this one to be better than Jane Eyre, and it was good, even though I had some difficulty getting through it. Actually, it was Book One that was hardest to get through, but the action/narrative picked up quite a bit after that.