The Self and the World

  title={The Self and the World},
  author={Barbara Prentis},
  • Barbara Prentis
  • Published 1988
  • History
  • One of those stories of the Bronte childhood that have proved irresistible to biographers is that of the ‘mask’ incident, disclosed by the Reverend Patrick in a letter to Mrs Gaskell dated 30 July 1855.1 Suspecting, he said, that his children knew more than he had yet discovered, he decided to test them in a way that would encourage complete freedom of expression: ‘happening/ he said, ‘to have a mask in the house, I told them all to stand and speak boldly from under the cover of the mask.’ In… CONTINUE READING
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