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What do you think?
I have never really thought about it before until just this moment, but the Brontë heroines are always running...
She defends herself saying that "testing" does not make one virtuous. Then an interesting conversation occurs about the difference between girls and boys. This might be an interesting piece of the nature vs. nurture. The difference in education almost begs that the genders natures are different because the girls are not strong enough to resist temptation. The boys should be. One could also hold that the way they are nurtured: one is allowed tempation, the other not, could cause a different in the outcome. Men are more likely to fall because they must be tested. Womn are more likely to be upright because they are reared away from temptation.
I always wonder that I really like the novels of this period because of the way women were treated (I'm always glad I'm living now). But then again, maybe I like them because these novels portray strong women...
I hope this is ok, and please excuse if it isn't...I wrote a blog post on Anne Bronte that largely features The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It might interest you here in this thread: http://naimahaviland.blogspot.com/2011/09/amazing-underrated-anne-bronte.html
Personally, I think that Tenant is not as good as the wonderful Jane Eyre, but it's at least as well-written as Charlotte's other novels.
This novel might also be one of the first to advocate the values of the new temperance movement (which would gain in momentum over the next few decades).