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A Square In Brussels To Be Renamed In Honor Of The Bronte Sisters

Brussels is renaming one of its squares to honor the Bronte sisters. The two sisters, Charlotte and Emily, spent a lot of time there visiting friends. The sisters lived in Haworth, West Yorkshire before moving to Brussels. They moved in order to improve their French, so they could teach it. Two of Charlotte’s novels Villette and The Professor are set in Brussels.

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The square will now be called the Place des soeurs Bronte/Zusters Bronteplein. The name change is apart of the feministation of street names in Koekelburg. The Bronte sisters are the first ones to be honored, and according to Helen MacEwan, author of Bronte in Brussels, this is just the first step for the feministation movement.  Now the Bronte sisters are not only pioneers of the 19th Century but the 21st Century as well.
There is also a school in Brussels that the sisters used to attend, however now it’s an arts center that has a plaque in their honor. The square is the kind of tribute the Bronte Brussels group were looking for. The square will be in Rue des Braves/Dapperentstratt and it will be home to a library. What a great way to honor the sisters; their novels made a big impact on the literary world and having a square dedicated to them is a great honor. Their legacy will continue to live on in the square and throughout all of Koekelburg. Soon, they will be joined by other women as the feministation continues.
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Quiz – What’s Your Period Drama Trope?

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Here Are Our Favorite 'Wuthering Heights' Memes!

Wuthering Heights is a gorgeous and outrageous novel about ridiculous people, and it’s frankly amazing this list isn’t a hundred entries long. What’s to say that hasn’t been said before? Sure, the book is a little bit of a bummer, but these memes are spicy and fun.
 

Just a casual drop by

 

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Y’know, the way you just casually drop by post-death because you’re obsessed with someone. We’ve all been there, in the cold, hovering outside our ex’s window, screaming to come in to our old house. Relatable, right? It can’t just be me. And Cathy.
 

Sliding into her DMs

 

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I gotta say, this does not seem like the way to anyone’s heart. I’m not really an expert, but I think the truly appalling results support my point, there are better ways to hit on someone than to marry someone else and then reject their ghost.
 

 

Hot takes

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I mean, they’re complex, but they’re definitely not good, and each and every one of them is a complete disaster. Just, the choices. The way they treat each other. Everyone is too much and I dig it. What crazy, lovable jerks.
 

 

Maybe chill

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Honestly I just think someone should move on. Or get it together. Or something. These people’s choices are silly. I’m just saying, a lot of people’s lives all get scrambled and knotted, and everyone could have just been happy. They could have been happy!
 

She’s extinct

 

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Look how round! Too bad she died. The real Cathy was definitely hit by a meteor or something, right? All that height’s going to help her, she can just tap her nose on Heathcliff’s window, and he can pat her head like Jurassic Park.
 

 
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Here Are Our Favorite ‘Wuthering Heights’ Memes!

Wuthering Heights is a gorgeous and outrageous novel about ridiculous people, and it’s frankly amazing this list isn’t a hundred entries long. What’s to say that hasn’t been said before? Sure, the book is a little bit of a bummer, but these memes are spicy and fun.

 

Just a casual drop by

 

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Y’know, the way you just casually drop by post-death because you’re obsessed with someone. We’ve all been there, in the cold, hovering outside our ex’s window, screaming to come in to our old house. Relatable, right? It can’t just be me. And Cathy.

 

Sliding into her DMs

 

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I gotta say, this does not seem like the way to anyone’s heart. I’m not really an expert, but I think the truly appalling results support my point, there are better ways to hit on someone than to marry someone else and then reject their ghost.

 

 

Hot takes

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I mean, they’re complex, but they’re definitely not good, and each and every one of them is a complete disaster. Just, the choices. The way they treat each other. Everyone is too much and I dig it. What crazy, lovable jerks.

 

 

Maybe chill

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Honestly I just think someone should move on. Or get it together. Or something. These people’s choices are silly. I’m just saying, a lot of people’s lives all get scrambled and knotted, and everyone could have just been happy. They could have been happy!

 

She’s extinct

 

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Look how round! Too bad she died. The real Cathy was definitely hit by a meteor or something, right? All that height’s going to help her, she can just tap her nose on Heathcliff’s window, and he can pat her head like Jurassic Park.

 

 

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Ponden Hall

Home That Inspired Brontë’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ Is For Sale

Confucius once said,” The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” This would lead one to believe that England was in deep shit when Emily Brontë wrote her gothic masterpiece Wuthering Heights. Not the most optimistic of tales, and definitely not propaganda for any time-travelers wanting to visit Victorian England, Heights depicts a homefront cake full of dysfunction, mental and physical illness with a supernatural cherry on top. It’s basically a version of The Bachelor where alcohol and drugs (I mean c’mon) are not readily available and Chris Harrison is clinically depressed.

The story follows Heathcliff—one name— basically the original Cher, and his love interest/adoptive sister Catherine Earnshaw. The two estates in the novel are the antithesis of one another: Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights.

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When Emily Brontë and her sisters were young, they visited an estate called Ponden Hall, located in Haworth, West Yorkshire. The property is believed to have inspired the work of all three Brontës ; in particular, it is believed to be the setting of the famous scene in Wuthering Heights where the narrator, Lockwood, encounters Catherine’s ghost after trying to close a noisy window.

Excerpt from Chapter 3:

 ‘I must stop it, nevertheless!’ I muttered, knocking my knuckles through the glass, and stretching an arm out to seize the importunate branch; instead of which, my fingers closed on the fingers of a little, ice-cold hand! The intense horror of nightmare came over me: I tried to draw back my arm, but the hand clung to it, and a most melancholy voice sobbed, ‘Let me in—let me in!’ ‘Who are you?’ I asked, struggling, meanwhile, to disengage myself. ‘Catherine Linton,’ it replied, shiveringly (why did I think of Linton? I had read Earnshaw twenty times for Linton) ‘ I’ve come home: I’d lost my way on the moor!’ As it spoke, I discerned, obscurely, a child’s face looking through the window. Terror made me cruel; and, finding it useless to attempt shaking the creature off, I pulled its wrist on to the broken pane, and rubbed it to and fro till the blood ran down and soaked the bedclothes: still it wailed, ‘Let me in!’ and maintained its tenacious gripe, almost maddening me with fear.

 

Wildfell Hall, which may have inspired by Ponden Hall, in the engraving by Edmund Morison Wimperis.

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Ponden Hall’s current owners, Julie Akhurst and Steve Brown, have used the building as a bed and breakfast experience for Brontë enthusiasts since 1998 and are now trying to sell it for £1.25 million ($1.6 million). The two are downsizing, apparently, not running away due to various bumps in the night. Waaaay before them, it was owned by the Heatons (friends of the Brontës). Ponden Hall’s library was visited often by the Brontës. Julie Akhurst spoke on that fact:

“It’s incredible to think Emily would have sat here reading. We have a catalogue of the books that were here then and they probably influenced her. There were gothic novels and books on necromancy and dark magic.”

Brontë experts acknowledge Ponden Hall’s architectural similarities with both Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights…but mostly Wuthering Heights. So if by some miracle your credit limit has been increased to £1.25 million or $1.6 million, buy yourself a creepy guest house. Just ignore the voices.

Fine Country has listed Ponden Hall and I apologize if this article cramps the realtor’s style—own the gothic vibe, my friend. Own it.

 

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