The Hand-Made Tale: Hand Codes and Power Transactions in Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

  title={The Hand-Made Tale: Hand Codes and Power Transactions in Anne Bront{\"e}'s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall},
  author={Melinda Maunsell},
  journal={Victorian Review},
  pages={43 - 61}
This passage opens the conclusion to Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hali The coupling hands express with intimacy, sensuality and urgency the encounter between Helen Huntingdon and Gilbert Markham. This vivid tableau reveals in a proleptic instant the subtle dynamics of their relationship: a half-veiled, half-revealed feminine hand offered from the darkened interior, ardently seized by a masculine hand from below, withdrawn in a confusion of recollection, resignation, and rejection. The… 
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