Life of Charlotte Brontë

Life of Charlotte Brontë

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Life of Charlotte Brontë

Life of Charlotte Brontë

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Although there is not much, nay--if Shakespeare will have it so--nothing in a name, lovers of English literature may yet be a little thankful that the father of the two women who were respectively to write "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights," took occasion, before exchanging the air of his native Ireland for that of St. John's College, Cambridge, to turn his paternal Prunty into the more euphonious surname which the genius of his daughters has made famous.

Patrick, the son of Hugh Prunty, was born in the parish of Ahaderg, County Down, on the day of the saint whose name he bore, 1777. He was one of ten children, all remarkable, so it said, for their strength and beauty; but Patrick was the strongest and the most beautiful--or so we are free to assert, for nobody has ever been at the pains to discover anything about Charlotte Brontë's nine Irish uncles and aunts.

In the conventional language of respectable biography . . .

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