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The Professor- Charlotte Bronte

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Nearly missed this one!

Radio4 (again) The Woman's Hour Serial.


Started today, The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte, in 10 parts. Weekdays 10.45am, repeated the same day at 7.45pm


And on 'Listen Again', thank goodness.

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It's totally new to me, which is why I'm pleased to have this chance to hear it on the radio. If it sounds good I'll add it to The List of book I want to read.

I'm unlikely to get round to it otherwise

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Synopsis from Amazon:

This is Charlotte Bronte's first novel, and is based on her own experiences in Brussels. The story is one of love and doubt as the hero, William Crimsworth, seeks his fortune as a teacher in Brussels and finds his love for Anglo-Swiss girl, Frances Henri, severely tested.


Synopsis from the Woman's Hour website:

The orphaned William Crimsworth is a young man who is distrustful, anxiously watchful, a prey to the gloom of "hypochondria", at once both passionate and repressed. He is, so he would like to think, the firm master of both his fortunes and his emotion. Eschewing his aristocratic background, he rejects aid from his mother's family - which he considers hypocritical and ruthless - and sets out to make his way in the world.

Based on her own experience of painfully unrequited love for the husband of her employer whilst a teacher in Brussels, Charlotte Brontë's prose paints William's desperation for love despite himself.



The first episode sees William orphaned and subsequently reared by the family who had rejected his mother for 'marrying into trade'

On finishing his education he rejects his uncle's offer of setting him up in The Church, and marrying one of his cousins. Instead he goes to find his estranged elder brother who is now a successful mill owner. Edward, who is a harsh man, gives William a three month trial at the mill, but refuses him accommodation in his mansion, and warns him off from talking with his sister in law.


Broadcast at the times mentioned in the OP, or available at any time before the next episode on Listen Again

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