Day 25Villette by Charlotte Brontë
December 9, 2022 by Yiyun Li
Is Madame Beck a witch, or a fairy godmother in disguise!? This chapter is taking a turn more toward the evil fairytale.
M. Paul had loved the daughter of a rich man “at a time when his own worldly prospects were such as to justify his aspiring to a well-dowered hand.” What a comment from Père Silas, introducing the subject of money at once at the beginning of a love story.
A high praise set up as a hurdle for Lucy Snowe. If Madame Beck is a witch, she has a counterpart in her co-conspirator, Père Silas.
The essence of Emanuel’s nature is—constancy.