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  1. La Petite Américaine La Petite Américaine says:

    Every time I finish a Charlotte Bronte novel, my heart pounds and my mind is disoriented After reaching the end of her stories, closing her pages for the last time, and remembering the long passages written out in long hand, it s all like slowly surfacing from the depths of another world, and you re back home in reality, not quite sure you want to be there Although it doesn t have the exquisite tragedy of Villette or the kick ass karate chop combos of romance, ghosts, crazy ladies in the attic Every time I finish a Charlotte Bronte novel, my heart pounds and my mind is disoriented After reaching the end of her stories, closing her pages for the last time, and remembering the long passages written out in long hand, it s all like slowly surfacing from the depths of another world, and you re back home in reality, not quite sure you want to be there Although it doesn t have the exquisite tragedy of Villette or the kick ass karate chop combos of romance, ghosts, crazy ladies in the attic, religious nut jobs, and true love found in Jane Eyre, The Professor is still one hell of a novel Its themes are common to Bronte s novels Catholic wickedness aka, Romish wizardcraft in this book HAHAHA , relationships among the different social classes, social restraint, and independence Illustrating these themes are our upright, plain, poor, and virtuous narrator and his love interest, who are contrasted by the so goddamn evil i love her Zoraide Reuter and her equally two faced and back stabbing boyfriend, M Pelet In many ways inferior to Jane Eyre, and in many other ways a rough draft of Villette, this novel is probably not the author s best But I loved it Why Because Charlotte Brtone wrote it Bronte famously wrote that Jane Austen s writing was like a carefully fenced, highly cultivated garden, with neat borders and delicate flowers but no glance of a bright, vivid physiognomy, no open country, no fresh air, no blue hill, no bonny beck rather, comprehensive, measured, balanced, certainly highly cultivated What is Bronte then Her writing is wild, like weeds, growing out of control and wrapping around you eyes, heart, and mind, but she planted those weeds and cultivated them just as carefully as Austen cultivated her garden but withskill Bronte gets you in a snare from which you cannot break free Her words, her writing, her storytelling are all overpowering in their savageness When you try to release yourself it s called putting the book down you ll find your heart beating from the rapid ride that she has taken you on and you want to jump right back in Seriously, I love this woman Favorite writer EVER


  2. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Mr William Crimsworth newly graduated from exclusive Eton College, writes a letter to his one and only friend Charles, about his adventures since both left the school Charles never receives it, having departed for parts unknown William late mother was an aristocrat but having married beneath her, had been shunned by her family, something common in the unforgiving mid 19th century England His father was a wealthy businessman until going bankrupt also deceased What to do William has an o Mr William Crimsworth newly graduated from exclusive Eton College, writes a letter to his one and only friend Charles, about his adventures since both left the school Charles never receives it, having departed for parts unknown William late mother was an aristocrat but having married beneath her, had been shunned by her family, something common in the unforgiving mid 19th century England His father was a wealthy businessman until going bankrupt also deceased What to do William has an older brother by ten years Edward, a cold tyrant but rich mill owner he has little seen Rejecting an offer from Lord Tynedale and the Honorable John Seacombe his maternal uncles, to become a man of the cloth, a rector in a church controlled by Seacombe and even marry one of his six unappealing daughters , young Crimsworth does not like his cousins, they in turn cut loose the ungrateful boy no longer supporting him So the reluctant distant Edward, gives him a job as a low paying clerk in northern England, a dirty, polluted, ugly town when you can see it through the thick noxious fumes Translating foreign language business letters, the jealous brother hates the better educated William shows no love, the rich man has little contact with the poor one, kept from Crimsworth Hall So proper etiquette must be maintained between the two the letter ends but life continues, disaster William is dismissed by his enraged brother when an acquaintance, Mr Hunsden gossips about the ill treatment receives by the younger Mr Crimsworth To make amends Mr Hunsden his nefarious plan successful tells William to travel to Brussels, Belgium, seek better employment and gives him a letter of introduction Since no other prospects are on the horizon and always wanting to see the continent he complies, receives an offer as an English teacher from the seemingly affable Monsieur Francois Pelet, a Frenchman who owns a boys school in the Belgium capital, does well and later teaches a class next door at the girls school of charming, older Mademoiselle Zoraider Reuter, a native of the country But conflict appears a love triangle, William and M.Pelet are enad of the fetching Mademoiselle Reuter though not beautiful, neither is the professor she does sparkle during their romantic walks in her institutes gardens, and enjoys being wanted by the suitors, playing a fun game of causing the men painStill the emotions are complicated,when another enters the scene, Frances Henri a Swiss seamstress living with her old aunt, employed by Mademoiselle Reuter, becomes a pupil in William s English class the not well educated girl, somehow is brilliant the best of his students impossible the mystery is solved, she had a English mother The professor starts to like the young shy lady and Zoraider doesn t like this, she is not happy at all And the school mistress can do much harm The perplexing Mr Hunsden arrives in town, curious to discover what his protege has been up to, and the stories revealedthey have not been dull The inexperienced in life William, learns even teachers must too the mendacity of people The great writer Charlotte Bronte s first novel but not published you can see why until she was no , interesting view of her beginning, the talent is there in some pages but it just neededpolish and experience to blossom


  3. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Professor, Charlotte Bront The Professor, A Tale was the first novel by Charlotte Bront It was written before Jane Eyre, but was rejected by many publishing houses It was eventually published, posthumously, in 1857 The novel is the story of a young man, William Crimsworth, and is a first person narrative from his perspective It describes his maturation, his career as a teacher in Brussels, and his personal relationships The story starts with a letter William has sent to his friend Cha The Professor, Charlotte Bront The Professor, A Tale was the first novel by Charlotte Bront It was written before Jane Eyre, but was rejected by many publishing houses It was eventually published, posthumously, in 1857 The novel is the story of a young man, William Crimsworth, and is a first person narrative from his perspective It describes his maturation, his career as a teacher in Brussels, and his personal relationships The story starts with a letter William has sent to his friend Charles, detailing his rejection of his uncle s proposal that he become a clergyman, as well as his first meeting with his rich brother Edward Seeking work as a tradesman, William is offered the position of a clerk by Edward However, Edward is jealous of William s education and intelligence, and treats him terribly.Through the actions of the sympathetic Mr Hunsden William is relieved of his post, but starts a new job at a boys boarding school in Belgium The school is run by the friendly Monsieur Pelet, who treats William kindly and politely Soon William s merits as a professor reach the ears of the headmistress of the neighboring girls school Mademoiselle Reuter offers him a position at her school, which he accepts Initially captivated by her, William begins to entertain ideas of falling in love with her, but then he overhears her and Monsieur Pelet talking about their upcoming marriage and their deceitful treatment of him.William begins to treat Mademoiselle Reuter with cold civility as he sees her underlying nature She, however, continues to try to draw him back in by pretending to be benevolent and concerned She asks him to teach one of her young teachers, Frances, who hopes to improve her skill in languages William sees promising intelligence in this pupil and slowly begins to fall in love with her 2015 23 1392 344 9786001760693 1394 358 9789643745370 1397 34426 03 1399


  4. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    I think the best way of approaching this book is to look at is a learning curve for the author The prose inJane Eyreis sophisticated and eloquent it is developed and persuasive it is powerful, and a points simply beautiful Charlotte s writing in this just isn t at the same level Perhaps it is because she writes from the perspective of male, a rather bland one at that The point is there is little point to this bookJane Eyreis rich in passion and argument Charlotte was trying to ma I think the best way of approaching this book is to look at is a learning curve for the author The prose inJane Eyreis sophisticated and eloquent it is developed and persuasive it is powerful, and a points simply beautiful Charlotte s writing in this just isn t at the same level Perhaps it is because she writes from the perspective of male, a rather bland one at that The point is there is little point to this bookJane Eyreis rich in passion and argument Charlotte was trying to make a point she was trying to show her readership the corruptness of society and the failing of the governess role she was trying to show how worthy women are and how the misogyny of the mid nineteenth century chained up their faculties, and left them to rot in intellectual depravity With the Professor we have a mundane little romance plot and that really is all.There are no fiery exchanges of willpower and a mutual understanding of equal partnership on the basis of individuality There is just simple, dry, love in all its ordinariness And I don t care for it Where is the passion Where is the soul s persecution Where is the mental haunting, the insane power of finding such a person you can be with on such a level The story is weak, the writing is weak the book is weak This is best considered as an early attempt of writing by someone who would one day learn to write like a true artist It s only worth a read if you wish to track the author s literary progress


  5. Barry Pierce Barry Pierce says:

    Charlotte s first attempt at a novel comes across as well an attempt It can be clearly seen that elements from this novel reappear in both Jane Eyre and Villette However this novel pretty much lacks everything that made both of those novels such classics It s a basic 19th century romance novel with Charlotte this time writing from a male POV Even though this is the second shortest Bront novel Agnes Grey is the shortest it still felt vastly overlong While bits of humour seep in now Charlotte s first attempt at a novel comes across as well an attempt It can be clearly seen that elements from this novel reappear in both Jane Eyre and Villette However this novel pretty much lacks everything that made both of those novels such classics It s a basic 19th century romance novel with Charlotte this time writing from a male POV Even though this is the second shortest Bront novel Agnes Grey is the shortest it still felt vastly overlong While bits of humour seep in now and again, leaving you with a faint smile, they are not enough to save this somewhat boring misstep On the plus side however, this is a fairly easy read and won t trouble anyone who isn t familiar with Victorian literature Reading it though will explain to you why this wasn t published in Charlotte s lifetime


  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    I have always found Charlotte Bronte s anger to be subversive The rage that drives the machine, her understanding of the particular being so needlepoint sharp that it becomes universal But she hasn t got it yet Not here It s all the same material, the same sentiments we re used to, but she is at once wearing too many masks to be truthful and speaking with the memory of slights too raw for them to be useful She can t quite name and point to the root of her anger yet whether that s because h I have always found Charlotte Bronte s anger to be subversive The rage that drives the machine, her understanding of the particular being so needlepoint sharp that it becomes universal But she hasn t got it yet Not here It s all the same material, the same sentiments we re used to, but she is at once wearing too many masks to be truthful and speaking with the memory of slights too raw for them to be useful She can t quite name and point to the root of her anger yet whether that s because her publisher made her pull her punches as is suggested in the forward or because she isn t there yet as a writer, I don t know But this felt like the thinly veiled diary of a particularly smart teenager who is still reliving her anger rather than being able to reflect on it and use it I found her use of a male mask to be particularly debilitating here Her young professor, William, is not generally believable as a man in any way It is, for instance, clear to me that she has not much idea of how men interact with each other which of course is reflective of her own experience of the world And beyond him, most of the rest of the cast are mere shadows of what s to come, in Jane and Lucy I enjoyed Hunsden, deus ex smug jackass that he was It was also an interesting commentary that Bronte tried to resist using him that way, but couldn t do so and then deny the reality of what would have happened to William without him or someone equally unlikely coming along Frances really came into her own with a few speeches just at the end that were glimmers of Lucy, though it had to peek out from behind lines like it pleased her to make me the master in all things, after describing in detail her competence and utter lack of need for the protagonist to be any such thing PS on this theme though the you re the master stuff between them that s repeated just a litttttlllee too much and goes just a litttttleee too far for me not to read some kink into it, especially given the letters we know she wrote to that teacher she had a crush on Don t me with your charges of anachronisms I think we also have to mention that you ll need to endure a good deal of racist judgment of various ethnicities present during the character s stay in Brussels, with particular emphasis on the Popish morals of any character who happens to be Catholic complete, I swear to God, with a line along the lines of I m the last person to be a religious bigot, but I think it is not an accident that the woman our protagonist gets together with is ultimately Protestant and half English It s not just once, either When I saw her start to describe new characters I d sometimes flip a few pages ahead to when I thought she might have done with her thoughts one the national character of the Flemish The Flemish come in for the most insults by far, for some reason There s some attempt to indicate opposition to these views by both Frances and Hundsen late in the novel, so it may not be entirely editorial position, but it was rather too little, too late to fully convince me While of course we know time and place, these sections made me think less of the young Charlotte I don t remember any of this in Jane Eyre or Villette other than the standard shorthand of French lady for questionable morals that is eyerollingly common for this period of Brit lit The writing is earnest, the plot is just almost charmingly straightforward, it s all just nice but not there yet And I think Charlotte herself would have agreed She s a fantastic example of the idea that writers often really only tell one story They just get better at it Unless you are a completionist, hie thee to Villette and don t look back You ll thank me later


  7. Nishat Nishat says:

    In the midst of life, we are in death.Charlotte Bront died untimely, three weeks before her 39th birthday The Professor, the first novel Charlotte had written, was published posthumously in 1857A man is master of himself to a certain point, but not beyond it Orphaned in infancy, William Crimsworth had been receiving meager support from his deceased mother s aristocratic brothers Upon his graduation from Eton, William parts away, in contempt for his abhorrent uncles and seeks employment fr In the midst of life, we are in death.Charlotte Bront died untimely, three weeks before her 39th birthday The Professor, the first novel Charlotte had written, was published posthumously in 1857A man is master of himself to a certain point, but not beyond it Orphaned in infancy, William Crimsworth had been receiving meager support from his deceased mother s aristocratic brothers Upon his graduation from Eton, William parts away, in contempt for his abhorrent uncles and seeks employment from his tyrannical brother Enduring harsh blows of fate, William eventually departs for Brussels and accepts teaching as a career as Charlotte once did in her life There he meets his future wife, Frances Henri and together they strive to render meaning to their shared lives.The professor, despite repeated efforts of the author, is a poorly conceived, first attempt of a young novelist at telling a story from an unpolished, under developed male perspective While the gender issues posed by this work allure the readers, Charlotte s characters are nevertheless unnatural both in speech and act However Charlotte succeeds to an extent in understanding gender relations and portraying convincingly male dominance and sexual suppression.That to begin with let respect be the foundation, affection the first floor, love the superstructure While Charlotte s attempt at voicing an exemplary, conscientious man had been unsuccessful, she triumphed at drawing compelling, spirited female characters The professor, not necessarily exhibiting the best of Charlotte Bront , may serve as an introduction to Victorian literature


  8. Whispering Stories Whispering Stories says:

    This title was a lot harder going than I was expecting, being a lifelong fan of Jane Eyre This is a fine example of an author honing their craft, knowing the masterpiece that Bronte would write later in her life.The story follows William Crimsworth from his humble beginnings, to his career as a teacher and eventual marriage to the woman he loves.Though intended to be a sympathetic hero, Crimsworth is very judgemental and xenophobic he doesn t think highly of women or anyone who isn t English This title was a lot harder going than I was expecting, being a lifelong fan of Jane Eyre This is a fine example of an author honing their craft, knowing the masterpiece that Bronte would write later in her life.The story follows William Crimsworth from his humble beginnings, to his career as a teacher and eventual marriage to the woman he loves.Though intended to be a sympathetic hero, Crimsworth is very judgemental and xenophobic he doesn t think highly of women or anyone who isn t English character and goes on at some length about how superior he is to absolutely everyone Knowing that this story is the main basis for Charlotte Bronte s other book, Vilette, which is told from the perspective of a female main character I can safely say that I prefer this plot as narrated by a character who isn t a prat.While this book did lack the underlying passion and angst that Bronte became so brilliant at writing later on, I did find some of the dialogue quite entertaining anddirect than I necessarily expect from a Victorian novel.On a practical note, I would mention that the font size in this particular edition 9781847497178 is smaller than a standard book For me, this was a bit of an issue as I struggle with eye strain though it may not be an issue for most other people


  9. Cheryl Kennedy Cheryl Kennedy says:

    This is Charlotte Bronte s first novel She chose to write in a male voice with his concerns for a livelihood, his freedom to choose a vocation, authority to insist on compensation, and his refusal to accept and believe disrespectful pronouncements from others His search for the employment that suited his soul continued his meeger existence, but his freedom to persist was unlike the females of the time It is for these reasons that Bronte chose a male persona for her debut In 1846 the antithes This is Charlotte Bronte s first novel She chose to write in a male voice with his concerns for a livelihood, his freedom to choose a vocation, authority to insist on compensation, and his refusal to accept and believe disrespectful pronouncements from others His search for the employment that suited his soul continued his meeger existence, but his freedom to persist was unlike the females of the time It is for these reasons that Bronte chose a male persona for her debut In 1846 the antithesis was true for women, especially female authors It was the Bronte Sisters view that women were treated differently from male authors by critics who flattered rather than praised their works With success as the ultimate goal, Charlotte wrote in a gender that alluded her in life.Her first outing as an author was about a young man without family financial support Deaths of parents awarded his older brother the family business With little education and knowledge of how to decide on a vocation, he that is low need fear no fall But fall he did The arc of his life is the story of The Professor.Recommended for the words, writing style, world view, and struggles different but somehow recognizable today I am no bird and no net ensnares me I am a free human being with an independent will Charlotte Bronte


  10. Skylar Burris Skylar Burris says:

    What if Jane Eyre had been written from the point of view of Rochester Would he have seemedmanipulative,self centered Would readers have allowed themselves to be swept away by Jane s passion, and to desire its fruition In The Professor, Charlotte Bronte narrates the tale from the viewpoint of the male protagonist, and I must confess to finding him frequently unsympathetic Without seeing this character from the eyes of his affection s object, it is difficult to appreciate him He What if Jane Eyre had been written from the point of view of Rochester Would he have seemedmanipulative,self centered Would readers have allowed themselves to be swept away by Jane s passion, and to desire its fruition In The Professor, Charlotte Bronte narrates the tale from the viewpoint of the male protagonist, and I must confess to finding him frequently unsympathetic Without seeing this character from the eyes of his affection s object, it is difficult to appreciate him He too often comes off sounding pious and condescending There are moments when the narrator acknowledges his vulnerabilities, but this is usually in order to display his virtue in resisting temptation Like Jane Eyre, the professor insists on following the stern voice of conscience rather than the warm pull of passion, and the moral of both books is the same flee temptation The Professor, however, isobviously evenagelical than Bronte s later work, and these scenes of moral struggle and victory appearstrained,self satisfied than in Jane Eyre The difference may simply be one of narration perhaps I aminclined to accept didacticism from a female narrator than from a male, authoritarian voice The professor s strength is less impressive, perhaps, because he is less vulnerable in 19th century society than a woman would be The risks he takes for his values are smaller than the risks Jane Eyre assumes More importantly, his resistance of temptation sometimes smacksof pride than of virtue He seems alternately dominering and liberal indeed, the book as a whole contains a rather odd mixture of feminism and male authoritarianism Despite my inability to fully relate to and admire the protagonist, and despite the annoyance of repeated anti Catholic thrusts, I found this book to be interesting It does have many moments of penetrating insight, couched in almost poetic language I was impressed by the way Bronte weaved scripture and literary allusion so constantly into her work And the book is well enough written to keep me curious of the outcome, even if I do not precisely adore the narrator The other primary character, Frances, appears at first docile and then suddenly seems transformed into a vocal feminist She appears to feel her inferiority and then to assert her perogative We do not get to know her as we know Jane Eyre, because we can only see her through the eyes of the professor, and his narration seems, at times, slightly unreliable I do not know that Bronte intended it to be but as a reader, I hesitate to accept fully the narrator s pronouncement on all matters The Professor, Bronte s first novel, was never published in her own lifetime But it is, in fact,concise and better structured than Jane Eyre Nevertheless, the book is simply not as likeable as Bronte s later classic It is an enjoyable and comparatively easy read, but it does not make as profound an impression on the mind Indeed, there is a sort of feeling of incompletness to the tale As a reader, I got the impression that the narrator was, at the close of the novel, painting a happy picture of marital harmony, but underneath this seemed to course tiny hints of something darker That something darker may have been a figment of my imagination, or it may have been an undeveloped theme One of the most interesting characters in the book, however, is certainly undeveloped Hundsen makes an appearance towards the beginning of the novel, disappearing from the tale for many chapters, before returning to capture the reader s interest once again He is sometimes likeable, at others off putting, depending on the lens of the narrator, and he seems to demand a book unto himself This, however, we do not receive, and we are left instead with the story of the professor


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The Professor ❮Read❯ ➬ The Professor Author Charlotte Brontë – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The Professor was the first novel by Charlotte Bront It was originally written before Jane Eyre and rejected by many publishing houses, but was eventually published posthumously in The book is the st The Professor was the first novel by Charlotte Bront It was originally written before Jane Eyre and rejected by many publishing houses, but was eventually published posthumously inThe book is the story of a young man, William Crimsworth It describes his maturation, his loves and his eventual career as a professor at an all girl s school The story is based upon Charlotte Bront s experiences in Brussels, where she studied as a language student in.