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Wise got hold of them. This led to the manuscripts being widely scattered and a whole series of unsatisfactory printed editions being issued. ' Even with these editions we will still be in difficulties with the juvenilia. When only part of the juvenilia was available, scholars tended to exaggerate the literary merit of what Charlotte wrote, to find biographical information from the uncertain evidence of poetry and fiction, incompletely edited and dated, and above all to find parallels with Charlotte's novels.

Certainly her account of the time at Roe Head, concentrating as it does on Charlotte's intellectual attainments, is a great deal more interesting than that of Ellen Nussey which is principally concerned with dress and deportment. 28 A New Life of Charlotte Bronte Ellen Nussey is a vital figure in the Bronte story, and we must be grateful to her for preserving so many of Charlotte's letters. " She tends to emerge in some Bronte biographies as the heroine of a Jane Austen-like novel, living in a grand house and going on visits to Bath.

Anne lasted longer, but her ill health and religious depression must have caused anxiety, and Charlotte, who was teaching in order to pay for Anne's fees, appears to have been very angry with Miss Wooler for her behaviour and she almost left the school when Anne did. Branwell too was beginning to give cause for concern. In May 1835 when Charlotte wrote to Ellen Nussey, explaining that the family was about to split up, it was anticipated that Branwell would go to the Royal Academy Teacher 43 in London to earn his living as a painter.

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