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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
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Jun 22, 2007

it was amazing
Read in June, 2007

Loving a rake can have it's downside. Just as for men there's a madonna/whore complex, for women there's a priest/devil complex when it comes to men. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall presents this rake at his worst and gives us a female protagonist, Helen Huntingdon, who's strong enough to overcome his charm and escape from his power. Helen is, in fact, a thoroughly Byronic character in her own right, who turns up in a small town with a hidden history and a mysterious allure that fascinates more than one neighbor, driving one man practically to ruin with his strong obsession for her.
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message 1: by Brian (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:28PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Brian Interesting review... I've never come across a reference to Helen being Byronic, but I think it's pretty asute.

And at the edge of ruin, the one man does get a pretty pleasant surprise.

Is it obsession, though? He loves her, and he's driven to discover if that love is misplaced, but is that obsession...?

Thomas Sheehy Well said.

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