Unnecessary drama (of course)

According to the Guardian, the Brontë Society has shelled out £50,000(!!!) to acquire an unpublished homework essay by Charlotte Brontë. The essay was written for Constantin Heger (Charlotte's French teacher and the object of her apparently one-sided affections), and deals with l'amour filial. It argues—with typical Brontë restraint—that "a child who treats a parent unlovingly is little more than a murderer in the eyes of God". The paper was written in Brussels some time in the early 1840s and features corrections by Heger. (I'd like to think that one of those corrections was the French equivalent of "Good Lord, get a grip.")
Posted by: Julianka


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