Wednesday, March 9, 2016 |
Her return to Brussels for a second year at the Pensionnat Héger Charlotte sees with hindsight to have been a terrible mistake, for she has fallen in love with someone who, it is painfully clear, will never see her in a romantic light. It is the headmistress's husband, Monsieur Constantin Héger, a man of impressive intellect and spirit, the first person outside her immediate family to take her seriously, the first man to treat her as a potential equal. But the thrill of having his attention in her first year, as a pupil, has been followed by misery in the second, as his junior colleague. The Hégers have become wary of Charlotte's ardour and eccentricities, and much more formal in their dealings with her. And the man she considered her soul-mate is pretending that she is nothing special to him at all.
From Charlotte Brontë by Claire Harman ©2016. Published by Knopf Canada.