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Day 18

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

Chapter XXV

December 2, 2022 by Yiyun Li

An oddly disheartening chapter! Mr. Home and Mrs. Bretton engaged in an endless conversation, Polly and Graham playing hide and seek with their feelings. A rerun of the earlier chapters in Bretton, though Lucy feels a bit subdued.

Polly and Lucy working side by side without talking: one does miss Ginevra Fanshawe’s natural chatter at such a moment.

Mr. Home, upon learning Lucy has to make a living by teaching: “Not then from motives of pure philanthropy? Polly and I were clinging to that hypothesis, as the most lenient way of accounting for your eccentricity.” That turns my blood cold.

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