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Charlotte Bronte: Famous Last Words

Posted in Famous Last Words, Literature on Wednesday, 4 May 2011

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Charlotte Bronte, born in 1816, was one of three sisters who became famous novelists. Her best known work is Jane Eyre, originally published under the pen-name Currer Bell.

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Charlotte Bronte at work on her famous novel, Jane Eyre

Born in Thornton, Yorkshire, she was educated at the Clergy Daughters’ School at Cowan Bridge, Lancashire, which was so poorly maintained, that it contributed to the deaths of Charlotte’s two elder sisters and left her in poor health. Along with her surviving siblings (Branwell, Emily and Anne) she began chronicling the exploits of an imaginary kingdom and the three sisters published a volume of poetry under pen-names.

Charlotte married in 1854 and soon fell pregnant. She died, along with her unborn child, on 31 March 1855, aged 38, officially from tuberculosis, although many speculate that she suffered dehydration and malnourishment caused by severe morning sickness. Her husband, a curate, prayed for her and Charlotte’s last words were:

“I am not going to die, am I? God will not separate us. We have been so happy.”

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