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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

By Anne Brontë

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| Paperback | 9780140434743

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It was about the close of the month, that, yielding at length to the urgent importunities of Rose, I accompanied her in a visit to Wildfell Hall. To our surprise, we were ushered into a room where the first object that met the eye was a painter's eas Continue

It was about the close of the month, that, yielding at length to the urgent importunities of Rose, I accompanied her in a visit to Wildfell Hall. To our surprise, we were ushered into a room where the first object that met the eye was a painter's easel, with a table beside it covered with rolls of canvas, bottles of oil and varnish, palette, brushes, paints, etc.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Bella storia, moderna, realistica. La protagonista femminile in particolare è una donna forte, che non esista a lasciare un marito ubriacone e traditore, dai forti sentimenti e dalle idee molto chiare.
    Un po' troppo lungo il finale, ma bella la dichi ...(continue)

    Bella storia, moderna, realistica. La protagonista femminile in particolare è una donna forte, che non esista a lasciare un marito ubriacone e traditore, dai forti sentimenti e dalle idee molto chiare.
    Un po' troppo lungo il finale, ma bella la dichiarazione in cui è lei a farsi avanti con il troppo titubante protagonista maschile.

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    mickymicky said on May 30, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    This novel is a work of silent rebellion: the rebellion of Helen and of Anne herself, who destabilizes some of the Romantic point of views.
    Helen can be considered a Byronic hero, as she is emotionally conflicted and she had a troubled and mysterious ...(continue)

    This novel is a work of silent rebellion: the rebellion of Helen and of Anne herself, who destabilizes some of the Romantic point of views.
    Helen can be considered a Byronic hero, as she is emotionally conflicted and she had a troubled and mysterious past.
    She is intelligent and perceptive, but also self-critical, introspective and she struggles with integrity.
    She imagines there must be only a very, very few men in the world, that she should like to marry and when she marries Arthur it is because she truly loves him.
    She ought to be able to respected and honored the man she marries, but she is also determined to show him that her heart is not his slave, and she could live without him if she chooses.
    From this point of view, she can be considered a feminist.
    At first, she is so determined to love him—so intensely anxious to excuse his errors, that she is continually dwelling upon them, and laboring to extenuate the loosest of his principles, and the worst of his practices, till she is familiarized with vice, and almost a partaker in his sins.
    But after some time, she is tired out with his injustice, his selfishness, and hopeless depravity. She comes to the conclusion that she was fool to dream that she had strength and purity enough to save herself and him.
    She had struggled hard to hide his vices from every eye, and invest him with virtues he
    never possessed and when she thinks how
    fondly, how foolishly she has loved him, how madly she has trusted him, and how cruelly he has trampled on her love, betrayed her trust, scorned her prayers and tears, and efforts for his preservation, crushed her hopes, destroyed her youth’s best feelings, and doomed her to a life of hopeless misery—
    as far as man can do it—it is not enough to say that she no longer loves her husband—SHE HATES him! The word stares her in the face
    like a guilty confession, but it is true: she hates him.
    She was a slave—a prisoner—but that is nothing; if it was herself alone, she would not complain, but her child must not be abandoned
    to this corruption: better far that he should live in poverty and obscurity with a fugitive mother, than in luxury and affluence with
    such a father.
    And through her desperation, she writes a sort of social protest against drunkenness, of which her husband is a victim.
    She also underlines some negative aspects of male thought embodied by her husband.
    He is a man without self-restraint or lofty aspirations—a lover of pleasure, given up to animal enjoyments.
    His notions of matrimonial duties and comforts are not her notions. Judging from appearances, his idea of a wife is a thing to love one devotedly and to stay at home—to wait upon her husband, and amuse him and minister to his comfort in every possible way, while he chooses to stay with her; and, when he is absent, to attend to his interests, domestic or otherwise, and patiently wait his return; no matter how he may be occupied in the meantime.
    But in spite of everything, when Helen heards her husband was very ill and alone, she comes back to nurse him, showing her determination and her vision of life.
    The same vision of the writer, who was the first woman to write about a wife who leaves her abusive husband and then she leads a happy and successful life.

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    Cri1967 said on Oct 8, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Librone gigantesco! E con poca trama...descrizioni minutissime, pagine e pagine di introspezione psicologica.
    Un giovane aitante fattore si innamora di una graziosa e misteriosa vedova....qual è il suo segreto? Per me, questo libro è u ...(continue)

    Librone gigantesco! E con poca trama...descrizioni minutissime, pagine e pagine di introspezione psicologica.
    Un giovane aitante fattore si innamora di una graziosa e misteriosa vedova....qual è il suo segreto? Per me, questo libro è un capolavoro!

    P.S. Se lo leggete in inglese, essendo purtroppo fuori catalogo la traduzione italiana (dal goffo titolo Il segreto della signora in nero) vi suggerisco il formato Ebook: gratuito, si premono le parole sconosciute e salta fuori il dizionario.

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    Uno de los mejores libros de una Brontë que he leído.
    Me ha gustado incluso más que Cumbres borrascosas o Jane Eyre.
    Aunque tiene partes muy lentas, me ha gustado porque el personaje protagonista no es la típica mujer del XIX que se somete a los av ...(continue)

    Uno de los mejores libros de una Brontë que he leído.
    Me ha gustado incluso más que Cumbres borrascosas o Jane Eyre.
    Aunque tiene partes muy lentas, me ha gustado porque el personaje protagonista no es la típica mujer del XIX que se somete a los avatares del destino. En este libro, la protagonista lucha contra todas las piedras que se van interponiendo en su vida para sacar a su hijo adelante.
    Es un buen libro para leer aún hoy en nuestros días, porque tiene mucho que ver con el maltrato a la mujer que, desgraciadamente, llena nuestros días.

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    Caravan said on May 6, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    It is not he that I love: it is a creature of my own imagination

    Una vera sorpresa questa terza sorella Bronte semi-sconosciuta e assente dalle antologie di letteratura! Anche se 'Cime Tempestose' e 'Jane Eyre' sono due dei miei romanzi preferiti (entrambi da 5 stelle!), devo però ammettere che questa storia è mag ...(continue)

    Una vera sorpresa questa terza sorella Bronte semi-sconosciuta e assente dalle antologie di letteratura! Anche se 'Cime Tempestose' e 'Jane Eyre' sono due dei miei romanzi preferiti (entrambi da 5 stelle!), devo però ammettere che questa storia è magari meno misteriosa e meno gotica, ma certo più moderna, realistica e toccante: da una parte c'è il dolore e la rassegnazione, mentre dall'altra c'è l'egoismo, la dipendenza dai piaceri, il tradimento e la continua insoddisfazione nonostante tutto. In seguito a tutto questo Helen ci ricorda che "though in single life your joys may not be very many, your sorrows at least will not be more than you can bear".

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    Daphne said on Dec 27, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Un intenso relato agridulce.

    Ha sido esta una lectura amarga y dulce. Y me ha servido para convencerme del virtuoso talento de Anne Brontë, cuyo trabajo en comparación con el de sus dos hermanas quedó bastante menos manifiesto. Y no porque fuera inferior, para nada, pero al pare ...(continue)

    Ha sido esta una lectura amarga y dulce. Y me ha servido para convencerme del virtuoso talento de Anne Brontë, cuyo trabajo en comparación con el de sus dos hermanas quedó bastante menos manifiesto. Y no porque fuera inferior, para nada, pero al parecer la novela de sus hermanas recibió mucha más atención y la existencia de las mismas fue divulgada con más empuje.

    Sin embargo, Anne Brontë es una escritora magnífica, y tiene una comprensión tan profunda del género humano, y lo manifiesta de una forma tan reflexiva y sentida, que es todo un privilegio acceder a su talento analítico a través de sus personajes inventados.

    En esta novela contamos con dos puntos de vista; la narración se va relevando entre la protagonista femenina, Elena, y el masculino, Gilberto. Por ello, tenemos pleno acceso a los pensamientos de cada uno y tenemos un retrato íntimo y claro de la manera de ser de los dos.

    Elena es una mujer joven y atormentada que huye de su pasado cuando Gilberto la conoce y se queda encandilado de su espléndida belleza y la pureza y sencillez de su carácter honesto y resuelto. Ambos se conocen, y aún con los prejuicios que tratan de influenciar su opinión con respecto al otro, consiguen tenerse en una altísima estima, tanto así que pasan al nivel en el que disfrutar de la compañía de alguien tiene consecuencias atormentadoras al percibir lo elevado que va tornándose el sentimiento y lo improbable de que éste evolucione trayendo felicidad a ambos. Por ello, su relación será como un campo magnético, cuya atracción va variando de dirección, aproximándolos primero a la más plácida cercanía para después alejarlos e imponer entre ambos una distancia insalvable. Porque hay veces en la vida en las que nuestros deseos no se ajustan a nuestras circunstancias, y aquello que más nos distrae en nuestro pesar es aquello que luego más aflige el alma.

    Elena llega un buen día a un condado y se instala en una mansión semiderruida para alimentar la práctica de conjeturar en los tediosos habitantes del lugar. Una mujer autónoma, ermitaña y sola cargando con la educación de un hijo pequeño despierta las sospechas de la sociedad del condado, y pronto empiezan a circular chismes poco halagüeños para ella, alimentados por su extraña situación y por la actitud reservada y ligeramente misántropa de Elena, que no satisface a aquellos que, por motivos más o menos simpáticos, desean tratar con ella con resultados bastante frustrantes. Porque Elena es una joven solitaria, melancólica y desinteresada que solo parece sentir interés en pasar tiempo con su pequeño y en pintar. Jamás se molesta en devolver las visitas que le hacen, declina invitaciones y no se molesta en ocultar la escasa complacencia que le causa las visitas de los demás.

    Sin embargo, en contra de la mala opinión que las gentes de allí van generándose sobre ella, Gilberto ve más allá de los prejuicios, y se molesta en conocer más hondamente a la joven, y sabe luchar con eficacia contra las reservas y la poca disposición inicial de la joven a sus intentos de diálogo.

    Finalmente consigue ganarse el aprecio de la joven, y eso sólo le sirve para acrecentar su propio afecto hacia ella, de modo que ambos terminan irremediablemente atrapados en un cariño mutuo que por razones más allá de sus posibilidades no pueden ver evolucionar y verse sumidos en una dicha conjunta.

    El pasado de la joven acecha su presente, y ha sembrado en su alma demonios y angustias que no está del todo en su mano disipar. La felicidad absoluta no es una posibilidad para ella, porque el constante temor en el que se ha convertido su vida se lo impide, pero eso no quiere decir que no encuentre felicidad en ver a su pequeño retoño junto a ella, creciendo sano y alegre, sin las influencias perversas de su ruin y perjudicial padre.

    La novela retrata muy bien la cárcel que podía llegar a ser la condición de mujer en la época victoriana. Se ve bien como las mujeres son persuadidas por sus propios familiares para que contraigan matrimonio, sacrificando su felicidad en aras de conceder a su familia títulos nobiliarios, riquezas, propiedades y prestigio.

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