Reproduction of a water-colour drawing of dog "Keeper" by Emily Brontë. Now in the Brontë Museum (Wood, facing p. 256). Herbert Wroot writes:

A drawing by Emily of her faithful and much loved bull-dog Keeper — who himself played his part in Shirley and is remembered as having broken-heartedly followed his young mistress's coffin into the very church — this is priceless. [Wroot 132]

Athough the mastiff is asleep here, there is no doubt of his power. He is no lap-dog. As Barbara T. Gates says, Emily "preferred to draw wilder things than her sister [Charlotte]." Unsurprisingly, Gates continues, "Similar divergences may be discerned in the sisters' novels" (253).

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Gates,Barbara T. "Natural History." In The Brontës in Context, ed. Marianne Thormählen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 250-60.

Wood, Butler, ed. Charlotte Brontë, 1816-1916; a centenary memorial, prepared by the Brontë society, with a foreword by Mrs. Humphry Ward and 3 maps and 28 illustrations. New York: Dutton, 1918. Internet Archive. Contributed by University of California Libraries. Web. 2 December 2017.

Wroot, Herbert. "The Brontë Society and Its Work." Wood 113-148.

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