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In flight from an unhappy past, Lucy Snowe leaves England and finds work as a teacher in Madame Beck's school in 'Villette'. Strongly drawn to the fiery autocratic schoolmaster Monsieur Paul Emanuel, Lucy is compelled by Madame Beck's jealous interference to assert her right to love and be loved.
Based on Charlotte Bronte's experience in Brussels ten years earlier, Villette is a cogent and dramatic exploration of a woman's response to the challenge of a constricting social environment. Its deployment of imagery and use of comedy make Villette especially appealing to the modern reader.
Author and Brontë expert Helen MacEwan will lead the discussion.