No Coward Soulis Mine(note after reading ≪Wuthering Heights≫)

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Oct 6, 2017 07:48
For the first time in decades, I read ≪Wuthering Heights≫ by Emily Bronte.
This time I felt more interested in record of Bronte family than the novel itself.
Emily was the second child from the bottom.
Eldest and second daughter died very young and her mother also died before age 40. Come to think of it, most of the major characters in ≪Wuthering Heights≫also died in their 20's or 30's. Emily and youngest Anne wrote birthday paper every 3-4 years and the next 3-4 years they exchanged the paper and opened it. In Anne's 1845 birthday paper,she wrote that in 1848,Emily would be 30, Anne be 29,Charlotte be 33 and her brother Branwell be 32. But autumn in 1848,Branwell died, winter Emily died, and the next year Anne herself died. All by tuberculosis. I felt a bit strange all of them were single, why only Anne was not buried in the same place. Later I knew Charlotte,only one daughter survived,buried her at a churchayard where Anne was receiving a medical treatment,not to make her father sad.
Seveal years after Anne's death,Charlotte who married following her father's advice,died less than a year after getting married.

Watching the Emily's portrait Branwell painted,I feel Emily was a very strong-hearted
woman. She was refusing to take a medical treatment until she died.
In a male-dominated society,they(Bronte sisters)could publish their books only with
male names,and ≪Wuthering Heights≫ wasn't well accepted when Emily was alive.

I'm wondering how Emily feels if she could see ≪Wuthering Heights≫ has become
a best seller beyong the time.
≪嵐が丘≫by Emily Bronte
備忘録

何十年かぶりに≪嵐が丘≫を読んだが、ストーリー以上に今回はBronte一家の
記録に興味を覚えた。
Emilyは6人姉妹(うち一人は兄)の下から二番目で、一番上の二人の姉は早くに
亡くなり、母親も40歳前に亡くなっている。そう言えば、≪嵐が丘≫の主要登場人物もほとんど20,30歳代で死んでいる。Emilyと末娘のAnneが3~4年ごとに誕生日に日記を書き、3~4年後にお互いに交換して読んでいた。1845年のAnneの日記には次回、1848年には、Emilyは30歳で、Anneは29歳、姉のCharlotteは33歳で、兄のBranwellは32歳になっている、と書いている。でも、1848年の秋にはBranwellが死に、冬にはEmilyが、翌年にはAnneも皆、
結核で死んでいる。みんな独身で、なぜAnneだけ同じ場所に葬られていないのかと不思議に思ったが、一人残ったCharlotteが父親を悲しませないように、Anneを療養先で葬ったようだ。数年後、父親の勧めで結婚したCharlotteも結婚後一年もしないうちに亡くなっている。

Branwellが描いた肖像画を見ても、Emily Bronteの気の強さが感じられる。
病気で倒れても最後まで、薬での治療を拒否している。
男性社会で、男性の名前でしか小説を発表できず、生前にはあまり評価されていなかった≪嵐が丘≫が、今、時代を超えたベストセラーになっていることをEmily知ったら、どう思うだろう。