The Professor is Charlotte Brontes first novel, in which she audaciously inhabits the voice and consciousness of a man, William Crimsworth. Like Jane Eyre he is parentless; like Lucy Snowe in Villette he leaves the certainties of England to forge a life in Brussels. But as a man, William has freedom of action, and as a writer Bronte is correspondingly liberated, exploring the relationship between power and sexual desire. William's first person narration reveals his attraction to the dominating directress of the girls' school where he teaches, played out in the school's 'secret garden'. Balanced against this is his more temperate relationship with one of his pupils, Frances Henri, in which mastery and submission interplay.
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Wouldn't read again
Well written in old English
Rather boring storyline
Too much French with no conversions to English
Terrible plain boring ending
This was the first book to be written , going to start the next one now.
Much Better Than Jane Eyre
A piece of realistic writing that manages to be captivating too. None of the unbelievable flourishes of Jane Eyre.