William Crimsworth escapes the brutal employment of his brother in a Yorkshire mill town, changes profession and takes a position as tutor in a boys' school in Brussels.
The authoress is unusually frank, for the time, in her scrutiny of the relationship between the teacher and the domineering headmistress of the adjoining girls' school, Zoraide Reuter.
Crimsworth manages to avoid the older woman's manipulation and begins a relationship with a poor pupil/teacher only to have these advances briefly frustrated by the headmistress' jealousy and dislike of the younger woman."The Professor is as good as I can write; it contains more pith, more substance, and more reality, in my judgement!"Charlotte Bronte.
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"Feel so sad"
I am a great fan of all of the Brontes, and George Eliot,Dickens and all of the classical authors, and I really looked forward to this book that I had previously overlooked.
I can only say how very disappointed I feel, I don't think that I will finish this. I have really begun to dislike William Crimsworth intensely. He is self centred, self opinionated and downright unpleasant on many occasions, I cannot believe all the praise this tale has been given. On top of this, the story is so plodding that I cannot bear to listen for too long and have to give it a rest for a while. What a disappointment!!
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