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Day 23

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

Chapters XXX–XXXI

December 7, 2022 by Yiyun Li

Lucy Snowe and Seneca would have made perfect friends. Her stoicism and her eloquence both live up to Seneca’s standard.

I am ignorant, monsieur, in the knowledge you ascribe to me, but I sometimes, not always, feel a knowledge of my own.

The cost of living is always present in the novel, which is not about having an annual income or inheriting something from a dead uncle, but every sou earned before it can be spent

Living costs little in this economical town of Villette…

    Despite her self-deprecation, Lucy Snowe does always speak to herself unequivocally.

    Call anguish—anguish, and despair—despair.

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