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She heard Thackeray give his second lecture on the English humorists, and was displeased at first because he had introduced her to his mother as 'Jane Eyre'; she had hoped to escape attention. At the Smiths' the next day she took him to task for his indiscretion. She heard the remainder of the lectures, but was distressed at the light-hearted way he treated Fielding. She saw the tragic actress Rachel in two performances, and thought she was possessed by a fiend. ' Charlotte made numerous visits in London, five, somewhat reluctantly, to the Great Crystal Palace Exhibition in Hyde Park; her last was to Richmond on 25 June.

Heger. 'What she wrote in her first letters to him is not known, but it wai not her custom as a writer to suppress her feelings. Had she been more temperate, all might have been well. It would have been wiser to address her letters to both the Hegers; Monsieur hated letter-writing. He tried to restrain Charlotte by advice, then by long silences. The effect was to excite more moving appeals, until at length in November 1845 she declared that not to correspond with him would be the loss of her 'only joy on earth'.

After a week in lodgings at Bridlington, they returned home. For Charlotte, these few weeks' holiday were one of the happiest periods in her life. In the early part of 1840 the flirtatious curate William Weightman brought gaiety into the lives of the Bronte sisters. Charlotte overcame her early susceptibility, and was amused by 'Celia Amelia', as she called him. When Ellen Nussey was at Haworth for a few weeks in February and March, he paid her such attention that Emily insisted on acting as her chaperon in walks on the moors.

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