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Why are place names obscured in Charlotte Brontë's The Professor?

Is this peculiarity specific to Brontë, or a wider convention? It's most definitely a wider convention. There are hundreds of books from the same era - not only in English literature; Dostoevsky did ...
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How long had Bertha Mason been in the attic at the point of the events in Jane Eyre

TL;DR: Nine years. Timeline The timeline of events relating to Bertha’s imprisonment is (approximately) as follows, relative to the year Y in which Jane arrives at Thornfield Hall: Y−14 — Mr. ...
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Why is Jane Eyre considered a feminist figure?

Thank you for your question. So, from what I have understood from your question, you are questioning the incipient feminist tendencies of the eponymous heroine as her matrimony in the end ...
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Did Charlotte Bronte expect the readers of "Jane Eyre" to know French?

For a long time, the classical languages Latin and Greek were major subjects in English schools. Mai Osawa, using Colin Shrosbee's Public Schools and Private Education (Manchester University Press, ...
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How long had Bertha Mason been in the attic at the point of the events in Jane Eyre

I have a few details to add to the existing answer. Bertha had been in the attic for around 10 years. This can start to be worked out from the date given at Rochester and Jane's attempted marriage ...
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Was Mr Edward Rochester mistaken in thinking Celine Varens was cheating on him?

Assuming Rochester’s account to be honest, I think we can reconstruct his reasoning from the details that he included. When Céline arrived at her hotel late that night, she was wrapped in a cloak, ...
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What are some sources Charlotte Brontë might have learned about physiognomy and phrenology from?

According to a recent paper (Tytler, 2019) on the subject, Charlotte Brontë's fascination with physiognomy and phrenology were likely inspired by Johann Casper Lavater's Physiognomische Fragmente (...
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Meaning of dash and initial substitution in Charlotte Brontë's Villette

As you note in the question, it makes no sense for “L—y” to represent an editorial redaction, because Lucy’s name appears hundreds of times elsewhere in the novel. So the only interpretation that ...
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Protagonist's comments on his student's essay in 'The Professor' by Charlotte Brontë

There are two ways to read this passage: we can take Crimsworth’s claims about Frances’ devoir at face value, and deduce his preferred model of prose style; or we can treat his claims with skepticism, ...
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Was Mr Edward Rochester mistaken in thinking Celine Varens was cheating on him?

Gareth Rees's answer is correct (he just beat me to it :-)), showing how Mr Rochester's story indicates his lover's infidelity as clearly as it could be without him actually finding them in flagrante ...
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What did Charlotte Brontë mean by "you would not be without friends”?

None of the quoted interpretations has quite got the meaning of this passage. The context of this quote is that Jane has just been humiliated by Mr Brocklehurst in front of the whole school for ...
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Did Charlotte Bronte expect the readers of "Jane Eyre" to know French?

In the 19th century French was the lingua franca in Europe, more so than English. Anyone with aspirations to go on the Grand Tour would certainly know it. The state of literacy in Britain at the time ...
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How long had Bertha Mason been in the attic at the point of the events in Jane Eyre

The two answers that have been posted so far are exclusively based on Jane Eyre. An Autobiography and assume that that story's narrator is reliable. Of course, one may well ask to what extent her ...
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Why does Elaine Showalter compare Jane Eyre's being locked in a room to menarchal ceremonies?

Showalter is saying that she sees similarities between what Jane experiences and the ceremonies around a girl's first period in some cultures. She mentions Eskimo and South Sea cultures, but seclusion ...
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