The Brotherton collection of writing by Charlotte Brontë provides uniquely important biographical evidence.
Her exercise books from her time in Brussels at the beginning of the 1840s shows her efforts to learn fluent French and to translate Walter Scott, as well as the beginning of a striking meditation, in French, on 'L'Immensité de Dieu'.
It is only a pity that there are no surviving comments by M. Heger, her teacher and the man for whom she formed a powerful attraction. There are glimpses of opinions on religious subjects and her desire for a new Dr Arnold to rid the Anglican church of Puseyites.
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