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A novel by Creator/CharlotteBronte, ''Villette'' follows Lucy Snowe, an orphan from England who searches for greener pastures in the fictional town of Villette. She takes care of the headmistress' children at a school for girls until she is thrust into the role of an English teacher. Lucy struggles to find companionship and a place where she belongs, often having depressive episodes and supernatural encounters. She also deals with the strange new culture she lives in, overcoming the LanguageBarrier and feelings of being an outsider, and sorts out her affections [[BettyAndVeronica for two very different men]].

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A novel by Creator/CharlotteBronte, ''Villette'' follows Lucy Snowe, an orphan from England who searches for greener pastures in the fictional town of Villette. She takes care of the headmistress' children at a school for girls until she is thrust into the role of an English teacher. Lucy struggles to find companionship and a place where she belongs, often having depressive episodes and supernatural encounters. She also deals with the strange new culture she lives in, overcoming the LanguageBarrier and feelings of being an outsider, and sorts out her affections [[BettyAndVeronica for two very different men]].men.
12th Sep '17 6:56:14 AM XFllo
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* {{Angst}}: Chock full of it.
* AtTheOperaTonight: Lucy goes there with the Brettons. Cue [[InsistentTerminology the pink/red dress discussion]] with M. Paul.
* AuthorAvatar: Lucy. It's a semi-autobiographical work, after all.
* BelligerentSexualTension: M. Paul and Lucy have trouble being nice to each other for a while.
* BettyAndVeronica: Dr. John and M. Paul could be either one depending on how you look at it. Dr. John is really good friends with Lucy, but he's also way out of her league. M. Paul is more unapproachable, but less out of her league.
** Polly and Ginevra for Dr. John. Somewhat subverted in that he really doesn't have much trouble choosing.
* BolivianArmyEnding: Lucy tells her readers [[spoiler:that M. Paul's ship back to Villette was caught in a storm, and then basically tells the reader to pretend that their love had a happy ending. She never actually says that he died. WordOfGod had it that Paul did indeed die. Charlotte Bronte reputedly considered it a kinder fate than life with Lucy Snowe.]]
* BrokenBird: Lucy.
* CabinFever: This is basically what happens to Lucy during the vacation, when she is left alone (well, [[AloneWithThePsycho almost]]). It's dangerously close to GoMadFromTheIsolation.
* CallingTheOldManOut: [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Lucy]] [[BewareTheQuietOnes does this]] to [[spoiler:Madame]] near the end of the book.
* TheChessmaster: Madame.
* ConvertingForLove: Subverted.
* CoolOldLady: Mrs. Bretton.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Lucy's undisclosed family tragedy. Also it probably was her DespairEventHorizon.

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%% * {{Angst}}: Chock full of it.
* AtTheOperaTonight: Lucy goes there to the opera with the Brettons. Cue [[InsistentTerminology the pink/red dress discussion]] with M. Paul.
%% * AuthorAvatar: Lucy. It's a semi-autobiographical work, after all.
%% * BelligerentSexualTension: M. Paul and Lucy have trouble being nice to each other for a while.
* BettyAndVeronica: Dr. John and M. Paul could be either one depending on how you look at it. Dr. John is really good friends with Lucy, but he's also way out of her league. M. Paul is more unapproachable, but less out of her league.
** Polly and Ginevra for Dr. John. Somewhat subverted in that he really doesn't have much trouble choosing.
* BolivianArmyEnding: Lucy tells her readers [[spoiler:that that M. Paul's ship back to Villette was caught in a storm, and then basically tells the reader to pretend that their love had a happy ending. She never actually says that he died. WordOfGod had it that Paul did indeed die. Charlotte Bronte reputedly considered it a kinder fate than life with Lucy Snowe.]]
Snowe.
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* BrokenBird: Lucy.
* CabinFever: This is basically what happens to Lucy during the vacation, when she is left alone (well, [[AloneWithThePsycho almost]]).during the vacation. It's dangerously close to GoMadFromTheIsolation.
* CallingTheOldManOut: [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Lucy]] [[BewareTheQuietOnes does this]] to [[spoiler:Madame]] near the end of the book.
%% * TheChessmaster: Madame.
%% * ConvertingForLove: Subverted.
%% * CoolOldLady: Mrs. Bretton.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Lucy's undisclosed family tragedy. Also it probably was We only know she is left all alone in the world. Older and kind Mrs Bretton is her DespairEventHorizon.only reliable friend, but her situation is hard as well and Lucy must depend on herself only.



* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: After finally gaining true love, Lucy loses M. Paul in a storm.]]
* EccentricMentor: M. Paul. He's kind of a SinkOrSwimMentor, too, but Lucy doesn't respond to it well.
* {{Expy}}: Villette is Brussels.
* GrayRainOfDepression: Averted, oddly enough; Lucy seems to actually ''like'' rain.
* TheHedonist: Lucy sees your average Labascurian as this.
* HerHeartWillGoOn
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:"My heart will break!"]]
* IfICantHaveYou: Mme. Beck [[spoiler: sabotages Lucy and M. Paul's relationship]] because of this.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Lucy Snowe puts up with a lot of crap from Dr. John for this reason.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Ginevra Fanshawe.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: When Dr. John showed romantic interest in Ginevra, Lucy objected because Ginevra was basically leading him on because he gave her gifts. When Dr. John showed romantic interest in [[spoiler: Polly Home]], Lucy approves because [[spoiler: Polly]] is a decent lady.
* KarmaHoudini: Invoked at the end when [[spoiler: Lucy says that Mme. Beck, Pére Silas and Mme. Walravens all had long and happy lives]].

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* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: After finally gaining true love, Lucy very probably loses M. Paul in a storm.]]
storm.
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* EccentricMentor: M. Paul. He's kind of a SinkOrSwimMentor, too, but Lucy doesn't respond to it well.
* {{Expy}}: Villette is Brussels.
* GrayRainOfDepression: Averted, oddly enough; It rains when Lucy is depressed and she seems to actually ''like'' rain.
when it rains.
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* TheHedonist: Lucy sees your average Labascurian as this.
%% * HerHeartWillGoOn
%% * HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:"My "My heart will break!"]]
break!"
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* IfICantHaveYou: Mme. Beck [[spoiler: sabotages Lucy and M. Paul's relationship]] relationship because of this.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Lucy Snowe puts up with a lot of crap from Dr. John for this reason.
because she is almost completely without any companions.
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* ItsAllAboutMe: Ginevra Fanshawe.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: When Dr. John showed romantic interest in Ginevra, Lucy objected because Ginevra was basically leading him on because he gave her gifts. When Dr. John showed romantic interest in [[spoiler: Polly Home]], Home, Lucy approves because [[spoiler: Polly]] Polly is a decent lady.
%% * KarmaHoudini: Invoked at the end when [[spoiler: Lucy says that Mme. Beck, Pére Silas and Mme. Walravens all had long and happy lives]].lives.



* LickedByTheDog / PetTheDog: M. Paul is the school dog's favorite.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Invoked by M. Paul, but even he probably knew that he and Lucy were more than that.
* LoveDodecahedron
* LovableAlphaBitch: Ginevra Fanshawe, a superficial GoldDigger who values Lucy's friendship, even when Lucy pushes her away.
* MayDecemberRomance

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* LickedByTheDog / PetTheDog: LickedByTheDog: M. Paul is the school dog's favorite.
%% * LikeBrotherAndSister: Invoked by M. Paul, but even he probably knew that he and Lucy were more than that.
* LoveDodecahedron
LoveDodecahedron: Lucy is romantically interested in Dr. John and M. Paul and they kind of reciprocate the interest but it is not sure how serious they are. Dr. John is really good friends with Lucy, but he's also way out of her league. M. Paul is more unapproachable, but less out of her league. Dr. John considers being with Lucy, is infatuated with Ginevra (who likes him back but they are both not serious about the relationship) and falls in love with and later marries Polly. Ginevra elopes with another guy.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Ginevra Fanshawe, a superficial pretty GoldDigger apparently popular among her peers who values Lucy's friendship, even when Lucy pushes her away.
* MayDecemberRomance
away.



* MomentKiller: Way to go, Mme. Beck...
* MushroomSamba: In the third volume, [[spoiler: Madame Beck]] gives Lucy an unspecified drug that, instead of putting her to sleep, intensifies her emotions and sensations.

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%% * MomentKiller: Way to go, Mme. Beck...
* MushroomSamba: In the third volume, [[spoiler: Madame Beck]] Beck gives Lucy an unspecified drug that, instead of putting her to sleep, intensifies her emotions and sensations.



* NotSoStoic [[StoicWoobie Woobie]]: Lucy.
* ObliviousToLove: Dr John seems to be this, but [[SubvertedTrope is he really]]?..
* PapaWolf: Polly's father.
* PrecociousCrush: Polly on Graham at the beginning.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Ginevra chooses the rich one; she finds him much prettier anyway!
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Dr John was based on Charlotte Brontë's publisher George Smith. Because Charlotte was in love with Smith and realised he didn't care for her, she decided not to make him the hero. It didn't go well with him.
** Also, those you love die and you are left alone. There can be no true love and happiness for people like Lucy. [[SoleSurvivor Guess where that attitude came from]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Lucy gives these to ''herself'' all the time. It would be HeroicSelfDeprecation if it wasn't that Lucy isn't involved in much heroicking.

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%% * NotSoStoic [[StoicWoobie Woobie]]: NotSoStoic: Lucy.
%% * ObliviousToLove: Dr John seems to be this, but [[SubvertedTrope is he really]]?..
really]]?
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* PapaWolf: Polly's father.
%% * PrecociousCrush: Polly on Graham at the beginning.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Ginevra is courted by two men and she chooses the rich one; she finds him much prettier anyway!
anyway.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Dr John was based on Charlotte Brontë's publisher George Smith. Because Charlotte was in love with Smith and realised he didn't care for her, she decided not to make him the hero. It didn't go well with him.
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him. Also, those you love die and you are left alone. There can be no true love and happiness for people like Lucy. [[SoleSurvivor Guess where that attitude came from]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Lucy gives these is hard to ''herself'' all the time. It would be HeroicSelfDeprecation if it wasn't that Lucy isn't involved in much heroicking.



* ShesAllGrownUp: Lucy when [[spoiler: Dr. Bretton learns who Lucy is and Lucy when she re-meets Polly.]]
* SittingOnTheRoof: To watch the storm, no less.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler: Lucy and M. Paul]].
* TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity: Ginevra.

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%% * ShesAllGrownUp: ShesAllGrownUp:
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Lucy when [[spoiler: Dr. Bretton learns who Lucy is and Lucy.
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Lucy when she re-meets Polly.]]
Polly.
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* SittingOnTheRoof: To watch the storm, no less.
%% * StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler: Lucy and M. Paul]].
Paul.
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* TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity: Ginevra.Ginevra.
%% * UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Lucy.



* UnreliableNarrator: Lucy knows that [[spoiler: Dr. John is Graham Bretton]] ([[TheUntwist and so does the audience]]), but she conveniently forgets to tell the reader until later in the book.
** There's generally a lot of unreliable narration regarding Dr. John. Lucy praises him a lot, yet his actions paint a very different picture...
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend / UnluckyChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Polly]] and Lucy respectively.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Lucy knows that [[spoiler: Dr. John is Graham Bretton]] Bretton ([[TheUntwist and so does the audience]]), but she conveniently forgets to tell the reader until later in the book.
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book. There's generally a lot of unreliable narration regarding Dr. John. Lucy praises him a lot, yet his actions paint a very different picture...
%% * VictoriousChildhoodFriend / UnluckyChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Polly]] and Lucy respectively.VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Polly.



* YouCantFightFate: Invoked a few times.

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%% * YouCantFightFate: Invoked a few times.YouCantFightFate
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* DeadpanSnarker: Lucy. Most notable in her friendship with Ginevra Fanshawe, but also to Dr John when teasing him about the object of his admiration.
17th Oct '14 2:22:15 PM LaStella
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* UnreliableNarrator: Lucy knows that [[spoiler: Dr. John is Graham Bretton]] ([[TheUntwist and so does the audience]]), but she conveniently forgets to tell the reader until later in the book.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Lucy knows that [[spoiler: Dr. John is Graham Bretton]] ([[TheUntwist and so does the audience]]), but she conveniently forgets to tell the reader until later in the book. book.
** There's generally a lot of unreliable narration regarding Dr. John. Lucy praises him a lot, yet his actions paint a very different picture...
17th Oct '14 1:59:28 PM LaStella
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* AuthorAvatar: Lucy. It's a semi-autobiographical work, after all.


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** Also, those you love die and you are left alone. There can be no true love and happiness for people like Lucy. [[SoleSurvivor Guess where that attitude came from]].
17th Oct '14 1:39:43 PM LaStella
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* {{Expy}}: Villette is Brussels.
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* AtTheOperaTonight: Lucy goes there with the Brettons. Cue [[InsistentTerminology the pink/red dress discussion]] with M. Paul.
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* CallingTheOldManOut: [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Lucy]] [[BewareTheQuietOnes does this]] to Madame near the end of the book.

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* CallingTheOldManOut: [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Lucy]] [[BewareTheQuietOnes does this]] to Madame [[spoiler:Madame]] near the end of the book.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Charlotte Brontë's publisher George Smith was based on Dr John. Because Charlotte was in love with him and realised he didn't care for her, she decided not to make him the hero. It didn't go well with Smith.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Dr John was based on Charlotte Brontë's publisher George Smith was based on Dr John. Smith. Because Charlotte was in love with him Smith and realised he didn't care for her, she decided not to make him the hero. It didn't go well with Smith.him.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Lucy gives these to ''herself'' all the time. It would be HeroicSelfDeprecation if it wasn't that Lucy isn't involved in much heroicking.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Lucy gives these to ''herself'' all the time. It would be HeroicSelfDeprecation if it wasn't that Lucy isn't involved in much heroicking.
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* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:"My heart will break!"]]
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A novel by Creator/CharlotteBronte. It lives in the shadow of ''Literature/JaneEyre'', but is [[YourMileageMayVary arguably superior to it]]. ''Villette'' follows Lucy Snowe, an orphan from England who searches for greener pastures in the fictional town of Villette. She takes care of the headmistress' children at a school for girls until she is thrust into the role of an English teacher. Lucy struggles to find companionship and a place where she belongs, often having depressive episodes and supernatural encounters. She also deals with the strange new culture she lives in, overcoming the LanguageBarrier and feelings of being an outsider, and sorts out her affections [[BettyAndVeronica for two very different men]].

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A novel by Creator/CharlotteBronte. It lives in the shadow of ''Literature/JaneEyre'', but is [[YourMileageMayVary arguably superior to it]]. Creator/CharlotteBronte, ''Villette'' follows Lucy Snowe, an orphan from England who searches for greener pastures in the fictional town of Villette. She takes care of the headmistress' children at a school for girls until she is thrust into the role of an English teacher. Lucy struggles to find companionship and a place where she belongs, often having depressive episodes and supernatural encounters. She also deals with the strange new culture she lives in, overcoming the LanguageBarrier and feelings of being an outsider, and sorts out her affections [[BettyAndVeronica for two very different men]].
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