With neither friends nor family, Lucy Snowe sets sail from England to find employment in a girlsâ boarding school in the small town of Villette. There she struggles to retain her self-possession in the face of unruly pupils, an initially suspicious headmaster, and her own complex feelings, first for the schoolâs English doctor and then for the dictatorial professor, Paul Emmanuel. Charlotte BrontÃ«âs last and most autobiographical novel is a powerfully moving study of isolation and the pain of unrequited love, narrated by a heroine determined to preserve an independent spirit in the face of adverse circumstances.
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