Villette by Charlotte Bronte: Wrap Up Post

So many feeling after finishing this novel. I feel a great compassion for Lucy Snowe, for her courage and strength, but most of all for her loneliness which was never assuaged. On two occasions comfort came close. But then John Grahame married Polly, and Paul Emmanuel became lost at sea. Or, so it is that I assume.

This is a tale of courage and determination, of intermittent hope, but more than anything else for me, of loss. Here is a woman in literature I’ll always remember, and admire much more than  either Emma Bovary or Anna Karenina. While all three are somewhat tragic characters, Lucy does not throw aside the life she leads. She, at least, has the sense to ‘keep calm and carry on’ whatever befalls her.

To me, she is a true, albeit tragic, heroine.

My thanks to Wallace for hosting this read along. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the posts of the participants, as well as this excellent novel of Charlotte Bronte’s.

6 thoughts on “Villette by Charlotte Bronte: Wrap Up Post”

  1. I found, after all the positivity and happiness Lucy discovered, that the end was so sad. But I think the way Bronte wrote the ending was good, it gives it staying power in your thoughts.


  2. Terra Madre, I would have loved to major in literature! Instead, a BA in elementary education and Psychology took all my time. Maybe one of these days, I can go back and take the literature courses I long to take. The books on the sidebar are all ones which are coming to me for review; they do look fantastic, don't they? Thank goodness we'll never run out of good things to read!Charlie, I completely agree that the ending has staying power. I've been thinking about it for quite some time, half disappointed that Lucy's love was thwarted, half realizing we live in an often painful world. I so admire how Bronte created a strong heroine in Lucy.


  3. Interesting post! I was also disappointed that Lucy was not able to fulfill the promise of those three years waiting for M. Paul, but the ending seemed almost inevitable to me. She seems to have grown so much and gained such strength from her experiences that a more typical victorian ending might not have fit (though I'll admit that I expected one all the way to the end).


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