Day 10Villette by Charlotte Brontë
November 24, 2022 by Yiyun Li
A strong indictment from someone who suffers a debilitating depression to those who don’t understand.
Religious reader, you will preach to me… and so will you, moralist; and you, stern sage: you, stoic, will frown; you, cynic, sneer; you, epicure, laugh.
The fantasy where Lucy makes Ginevra into a heroine for Dr. John, Lucy’s hero: the novel has an astonishingly realistic portrait of someone living for a long time in isolation and slipping between reality and unreality.
Another sentence in parentheses. Without spoiling for the first-time readers, just a note to say here’s a line for rereaders.
(he used to say that his black hair and blue eyes were "une de ses beautés").