The Brontë Sisters features three classics of literature collected in a single volume. , by Charlotte Brontë, is the tale of governess Jane Eyre and her passionate romance with Lord Rochester, her employer, whose dark and secret past comes back to haunt them. , by Emily Brontë, tells of the gypsy boy Heathcliff, and his obsessive love for Catherine Earnshaw, the young woman whose station is above his, but whose family he ultimately comes to master. , by Anne Brontë, is the tale of its eponymous heroine, a governess in a wealthy household who yearns to find a man who will love and respect her for herself. These three novels, all first published in 1847, are universally acclaimed the greatest artistic achievements of one of the most talented families in all English letters.
Reflective, intelligent, and a bit reserved, you were the most mysterious out of all the Brontë sisters. Your most successful novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, is regarded as one of the first sustained feminist novels, placing you way ahead of your time. Though often considered gentle, you were seen as having a steel core and being more pragmatic than your sisters.
Through their father's influence and their own intellectual curiosity, they were able to benefit from an education that placed them among knowledgeable people, but Mr Brontë's emoluments were modest. The only options open to the girls were either marriage or a choice between the professions of school mistress or . The Brontë sisters found positions in families educating often rebellious young children, or employment as school teachers. The possibility of becoming a paid companion to a rich and solitary woman might have been a fall-back role but one which would have bored any of the sisters intolerably. Janet Todd's mentions the predicament, and none of the Brontë girls seems seriously to have considered a similar eventuality.