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Mina Laury [KINDLE] ❁ Mina Laury ❄ Charlotte Brontë – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The uintessential romantic heroine and the prototype of Jane EyreSet in the imaginary kingdom of Angria Charlotte Brontë’s early story of the Duke of Zamorna and his loyal mistress Mina Laury demon The uintessential romantic heroine and the prototype of Jane EyreSet in the imaginary kingdom of Angria Charlotte Brontë’s early story of the Duke of Zamorna and his loyal mistress Mina Laury demonstrates the birth of her lifelong obsession with the degrees and forms of human passion 'Mina Laury' is taken from The Juvenilia of Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë which is published in Penguin ClassicsThe cover shows a detail from Portrait of Henrietta Sontag by Paul Delaroche in the Hermitage St Petersburg photo ScalaArt Resource NY.

10 thoughts on “Mina Laury

  1. Leslie Leslie says:

    A brief sampling from her voluminous juvenilia featuring the dashing and decadent Duke of Zamorna his passionately clinging wife and his obsessively even creepily devoted mistress Mina Elements of illicit sexuality and masochism that one might not expect from its very young author

  2. Katie Katie says:

    It is very clear from reading this book that Charlotte Bronte's skills and sensibilities developed a lot in between the time that this was written and the time when Jane Eyre emerged Although her style remains similar in her novels the language is less florid the characters individual the heroines mature and the plot much tighter It was interesting to read Mina Laury from this perspective but I personally don't think that it has much to recommend it in and of itself Confusingly both the eponymous Mina Laury mistress of the Duke of Zamorna and Mary wife of the Duke of Zamorna speak with indistinguishable voices Both are young attractive and entirely without backbone something Charlotte Bronte thankfully amends by the time she creates the wonderful Jane Eyre They are also both hopelessly in love with the Duke in spite of the fact that he has the incredibly unheroic unromantic name of Adrian I think Sue Townsend has coloured this name for me somewhat The Duke seems to respond passionately to both women in the same way at different times so I was thoroughly confused as to with whom he was supposedly in love Not only are the characters rather lacking the story is convoluted and confused When an author ends their work saying 'I have done my best to please you and though I know that through feebleness dullness and iteration my work terminates in failure rather than triumph yet you are bound to forgive it for I have done my best' it is apparent that this isn't exactly their best work However in this case I don't think it was helped by the edition which abridges the story considerably including large summaries in parentheses before switching to a completely unconnected scene It made the story feel very disjointed and I can't help wondering if some of the character problems weren't smoothed over a bit in the gaps I would recommend that anyone interested in Charlott Bronte's early work avoids this volume in favour of a complete edition

  3. Catie Catie says:

    Although the story is a mere 55 pages Mina Laury reveals much about Charlotte Bronte's early talent for writing This fragment is an Angrian Tale Angria being the imaginary land that Charlotte invented with her brother Branwell which could be confusing for those who are expecting a short story along the vein of Jane Eyre or Vilette Even though this story is a great find for Bronte buffs everywhere the plot itself is mild and the conclusion somewhat ambiguous

  4. Beth Beth says:

    Basically I was going to love this book anyway because it's Charlotte Bronte I know though that it's not the best thing she did By a long shot The characters are kind of vapid and there's no real plot The ending is alsonot But doesn't the last paragraph just get you though?

  5. Katie Lumsden Katie Lumsden says:

    Continuing with my Brontë binge an interesting and engaging short work from Charlotte's youth exploring some interesting themes of power and gender relations of adultery and marriage

  6. Helen Helen says:

    Not really a significant work but a bit of fun from juvenilia It is a tiny book part of a series of tiny books brought out by Penguin in the 1990s all costing 60p at the time and I picked it up at a railway station as something to read on the train I couldn't really follow the plot if there is one Some of the attitudes to sexual behaviour and manners seem surprising coming from such a young author and from a Victorian vicarage background Good dialogue otherwise does not really come across as laying the ground for the subseuent novels

  7. Rosemary Atwell Rosemary Atwell says:

    A slight but intriguing sample of pre ‘Jane Eyre’ writing I hesitate to call it juvenilia as it was completed when Charlotte Bronte was turning twenty two To be honest I was taken by the exuisite cover than the tale itself but for Bronte enthusiasts who are keen to explore the world of Angria this is as good a place to start as any It’s gently melodramatic almost believable and aside from the frustrating breaks in the story line that are reduced to apologetic interpolations by the editor uick enjoyable reading

  8. Robyn Maire Robyn Maire says:

    'Is that homage paid to Miss Laury's goodness or to her beauty?'' asked he'To neither my lord' answered Enara briefly 'but to her worth her sterling worth'So this story is just 55 pages and thus the tiniest book I own ever read At first I was a little confused about whether Mina and Mary were the same person or not but when I got things straight my enjoyment of the story increased The story and the characters were so dramatic but even though I normally wouldn't enjoy that I did in this bookI really liked Charlotte Brontë's writing style and I am curious to read of her

  9. Joanna Joanna says:

    This short story was super weird while the premise was actually uite intriguing it was too short to be of any value Had Bronte developed it into a 150 200 word story it would have potential

  10. Phil Syphe Phil Syphe says:

    Charlotte Brontë was in her early twenties when she wrote this so it's not juvenilia as some readers may label it though it has the same feel as her childhood writing whilst bearing no resemblance to her famous worksMina Laury has hardly any plot to speak of Essentially the story revolves around a love triangle but to add to the mix one of the two women involved has a lovesick admirerIt's hardly fair to criticize a work of this nature considering the author was not writing for the public At the height of her success Charlotte Brontë would doubtless never have dreamed of Mina Laury being publishedIn short if you're a Brontë fan wanting to read everything the famous sisters ever wrote check this out with no high expectations

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