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If It Weren’t for Charlotte

Alice Spawls: The Brontës, 16 November 2017

... to Haworth as soon as you can,’ Charlotte wrote on 31 August, ‘the heath is in bloom now; I have waited and watched for its purple signal as the forerunner of your coming.’ In the event a thunderstorm before Gaskell’s arrival ruined the heather’s glorious colour.* Branwell’s portrait of his sisters c.1834 with a painted-over ...

Diary

Alan Bennett: What I did in 2005, 5 January 2006

... as did Nina Simone and Simone Signoret, Jowett (of Balliol fame), James Agate, Jane Austen, Molly Bloom, Hegel and Henry James, all of them biting the distinguished dust. 2 June. A situation on the margins of social interaction develops opposite. Working outside No. 60 is a handsome, though rather explosive-looking young workman who is emptying sand onto the ...

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