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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
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Oct 28, 14

bookshelves: classics
Read in February, 2009

** spoiler alert ** This is a very interesting telling of the good man saves the girl from the bad man (although technically he doesn´t save her). There are some aspects of the miserable marriage that are still relevant today. But there are other aspects that are exasperating, the main one being Helen´s religious faith, which makes her over saintly. For instance, when they are finally reunited after over a year and can now marry, she tells him to go home and write to her for a few months. Then, after a year, they can marry. Why? If she loves him so much, why doesn´t she want to be together? What a difference from today, when, not only would they not wait a year, they would instantly have sex! The narrative structure made the story a lot more compelling: first person good man, then he reads Helen´s journal and learns about her past, which is about half the book, and then he takes over again to finish the story.
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Kiri I vaguely remember finding this book very dreary when I read it in high school... of course I didn't have the life experience which would have given it greater meaning.

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