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Day 10

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

Chapter XV

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").

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