Portrait of M.Héger

From a photograph

Source: Brontë, frontispiece

"There is one individual of whom I have not yet spoken — M. Heger, the husband of Madame," wrote Charlotte Brontë to her friend Ellen Nussey from the Pensionnat Héger in Brussels, in May 1842. "He is professor of rhetoric, a man of power as to mind, but very choleric and irritable in temperament" (qtd. in Gaskell 235). [Commentary continues below.]

Image scan and text by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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