Reminiscences of the Late Miss Ellen Nussey.
Author: Scruton, William
Source: Bronte Society Transactions: The Journal of Bronte Studies, Volume 1, Part 8, 1898 , pp. 23-42(20)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:As a Brontë enthusiast I may claim to have been pretty early in the field, for my memory goes back to the time when Jane Eyre first took the world by surprise. A surprise it truly was, for, with perhaps the single exception of Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Mrs. Stowe, no book of modern times took so sudden and complete a grip of the public taste, and became so popular, as did that fascinating novel by “Currer Bell.” I have also a pleasant recollection of a pilgrimage made to Haworth on a fine summer's day somewhere in the fifties and not long after Charlotte Brontë had ended “life's fitful fever” when I had the privilege (for I accounted it no less) of seeing a tall, venerable-looking old man, with hair as white as snow, and a face full of intelligence and benevolence, enter the old church, walk down the aisle, mount the three-decker pulpit (for it was the Sabbath), and preach what was then known as “the afternoon sermon.”
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1898