Tim Vicary

The Brontë Story

A level 3 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by Tim Vicary.

On a September day in 1821, in the church of a Yorkshire village, a man and six children stood around a grave. They were burying a woman: the man’s wife, the children’s mother. The children were all very young, and within a few years the two oldest were dead, too.

Close to the wild beauty of the Yorkshire moors, the father brought up his young family. Who had heard of the Brontës of Haworth then? Branwell died while he was still a young man, but the three sisters who were left had an extraordinary gift. They could write marvellous stories – Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall . .. But Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë did not live to grow old or to enjoy their fame. Only their father was left, alone with his memories.
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    advertisement a notice (e.g. in a newspaper) which tells people about jobs, things to sell, etc.
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    artist someone who can paint and draw pictures
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    gravestone a stone on a grave with the dead person’s name on it
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    grow up to become an adult
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    wicked very bad; evil
    Ludmila Ivanovahas quotedlast year
    But he did not listen. He ran out of the house. He did not come back until the evening, and then he was drunk. He did not listen that day, or the next day, or any day. He began to drink laudanum as well. I thought he would kill himself.

    So I think Charlotte was pleased that no parents came. No school could have a man like Branwell in it.

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