The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Anne Brontė was the youngest of the sister writers, and was closest to Emily with whom she invented the imaginary world of Gondal, the setting for many of their best poems. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is the second of her novels (after Agnes Grey) and was published a year before her death, in 1848. Anne was by nature and (Wesleyan) influence a girl of religious melancholy and something of this temperament surfaces in this novel's morbid bleakness. Wildfell Hall is narrated by a young farmer, Gilbert Markham, and the story initially focuses upon his love for Helen Graham. Helen is a widow, though still young, and has only recently arrived in the vicinity with her son Arthur. Gilbert discredits local gossip that begins about Helen, the new tenant, and her landlord Lawrence due to their friendship but subsequently hears the two talking intimately and beats Lawrence uncompromisingly. Only then does the truth emerge of Helen's past and her relationship with the landlord. An inspiration for Huntingdon, a wasted talent and drunkard, is said to have been Anne's brother Branwell. The novel was, like Emily Brontė's Wuthering Heights, criticised for its dark perspective when published.
Table of contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53

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