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Visit the Australia site. The choice of subject in that work is a mistake. This verdict was unfortunately to be a lasting one. In effect Charlotte prevented the re-publication of The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall at a time when it was still in the public eye, and when it had in fact been a huge success — the first edition selling even quicker than Jane Eyre had. The novel was buried along with its writer, and would in fact not be published again until another ten years had passed.
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Unfortunately, this attitude endured for a century and more, and only now is the book and its author getting the recognition they deserve. She brooded over it till she believed it to be a duty to reproduce every detail as a warning to others. However great a sinner you were, however many your faults and mistakes, you would eventually be redeemed and find peace in Heaven. We see Arthur treating his wife Helen appallingly, drinking to excess, having wild drink and drug fuelled parties, disappearing for months at a time, verbally beating her into submission, stealing her possessions, destroying her work.
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Because it is the right thing to do, whatever the cost to herself, and because she believes that she can still save his soul. She had not stood by Branwell in the way that Anne and Emily had, and now it was too late. The book was too painful for her to read, and the thought of others reading it and passing judgement, unwittingly, on both Branwell and her was also too painful to contemplate.
That is why The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall is more relevant today than it has ever been, and as loved today as it has ever been. It is a book that has overcome misunderstanding, contempt, suppression.
Its time is now. Addiction and mental illness are such huge issues in our society today, and I do agree that The Tenant is of gteat relevance to us as no doubt it was in the 19th century. Agree with this.