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Day 7

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

Chapter XI–XII

November 21, 2022 by Yiyun Li

Fascinating slip here: Lucy uses “we” instead of “I.” She doesn’t have anyone to be part of a “we”; only her urge to hide.

He perhaps was not in love; but how many people ever do love, or at least marry for love in this world? We waited the end.

Very like Lucy to speak only of a half wish; more interestingly, a half wish she abandons right away.

I could not help forming half a wish that the said doctor were my brother… I say half a wish; I broke it and flung it away before it became a whole one.

Madame Beck is a master of surveillance; Lucy, more than that. In these two chapters she is not only spying, but actively searching for clues and recreating scenarios like a detective. To borrow a cliché, the plot thickens.

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