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Day 20

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

Chapter XXVII

December 4, 2022 by Yiyun Li

Quite an astonishing way to introduce a character’s physical appearance. Almost cinematic, with such a giggly sense of humor. M. Paul inspires freshness in the narrative!

In a second of time, a head, chest and arms, grew above the crimson desk.

Dr. Bretton calls Lucy “a being inoffensive as a shadow.” Unforgivable. I rather wish I could trip him with my readerly foot, stretched out, unseen by him, when he takes the “well-timed action” to join Paulina.

I can forgive Lucy for withholding many secrets in her narrative, but not here: I want to hear every word in that shouting match between Lucy and Ginevra!

I can assure the reader there was neither dead silence nor calm discussion within the vehicle.

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