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Day 21

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

Chapter XXVIII

December 5, 2022 by Yiyun Li

M. Paul brings out hilarity and humor not only from Lucy but from minor characters. Rosine, a functional character so far, speaks against M. Paul’s tantrum, that for her service, “Madame must really hire a gendarme.” Brava, Rosine.

Williams Shackspire! I will always connect Shackspire with M. Paul!

Ah, the light in the ending line of this chapter!

You are well habituated to be passed by as a shadow in Life’s sunshine: it is a new thing to see one testily lifting his hand to screen his eyes, because you tease him with an obtrusive ray.

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