Day 24Villette by Charlotte Brontë
December 8, 2022 by Yiyun Li
On the cusp of being a pessimist today: methinks that it’s people like Dr. John, not Mme Beck, who make this world a lonely place for all the Lucy Snowes.
There was about Dr. John all the man of the world; to satisfy himself did not suffice; society must approve—the world must admire what he did, or he counted his measures false and futile.
Really an extravagant analogy, with violence and danger veiled by gentleness: what body of hoar-frost can survive an internal flame!
That gentle hoar-frost of yours, surrounding so much pure, fine flame, is a priceless privilege of nature.
M. Paul calling Lucy “Petite Sœur” may be the most melancholy line of the novel so far.