'Miss Temple' and the Connors
Author: Connor, Margaret
Source: Bronte Society Transactions: The Journal of Bronte Studies, Volume 26, Number 1, April 2001 , pp. 27-45(19)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:This article outlines the life of Ann Evans who was superintendent teacher of the Clergy Daughters' School at Cowan Bridge, Lancashire, when four of the five Brontë sisters attended. She was the model for 'Miss Temple' in Jane Eyre. An outline is also given of the life of Ann's husband, the Revd James Connor, and their life together. Parallels are drawn between the fictional 'Miss Temple' and Ann Evans. Her influence on Charlotte Brontë is considered. Unpublished research material by Rosemary Outram has been drawn upon for the lives of Ann and James. The underlying theme of the Moravian presence, over a wide time span, demonstrates how the tightly knit Connor family with its common religious heritage, crosses the paths of the Brontë family and associates.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2001-04-01