Charlotte Brontë and Thackeray
It seems when Charlotte read W. M. Thackeray's works, she felt he was like minded person, supremely skilled in lampooning society in all its folly. In her mind, they sat comfortably together in the governess corner of a fashionable drawing room,exchanging cutting, but fitting, observations about the revelers before them.
However when Charlotte met Thackeray, the man, she found her friend had deserted the side lines and was fully enjoying every frivolous aspect of society he lampooned in print. Charlotte believed they had condemned all that together. Thackeray indeed condemned society, but he also loved it to the hilt as well. This was a shock for Brontë.
When like mined people have different coping techniques, relations can difficult. I'm impressed how much Thackeray liked Charlotte even after being lectured by the little provincial patch! And he kept trying to please her! One does not feel such efforts was usual for him.
But ultimately Thackeray feared the rage from love privation that he found in Charlotte's work and herself, too much for comfort. They were poles part in their everyday lives and would not draw well together
However when Charlotte married, and Thackeray knew a "Tomkin" husband had somehow arrived, he sent Charlotte a wedding gift of a wonderful copy of “Aesop’s Fables,” that proved he understood Charlotte better than she had perhaps realized.
It was beautifully made ,a classic, in French and had wonderful print illustrations. Everything that would please her in such a gift. Charlotte showed it to others , such as the Sowden brothers, with great pride. The book was proof of Thackeray’s ultimate understanding and appreciation .
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