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]].

The novel is notable for portraying Lucy's depression very accurately, as well as for its mysterious and clever usage of the UnreliableNarrator.

This was Charlotte Brontė's final and most autobiographical novel, partly inspired by her own experiences in Brussels and her unrequited passion for Constantin Heger. ''Villette'' was written after all of Charlotte's siblings had died, and her outlook on life is [[CreatorBreakdown decidedly bleaker]] than it was in ''Jane Eyre''.
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!!Contains examples of

* {{Angst}}: Chock full of it.
* AtTheOperaTonight: Lucy goes there with the Brettons. Cue [[InsistentTerminology the pink/red dress discussion]] with M. Paul.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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]].
* LanguageBarrier: Lucy is having a hard time in Villette at first, not speaking French and nobody around who would understand English.
* 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
* MeaningfulName: "Lucy Snowe" stands for all the contrasts she's filled with: a light name for someone with DarkAndTroubledPast, a cold name for someone who's of a very passionate nature.
* 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.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Vashti is the legendary French actress Rachel.
* 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 Brontė'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.
* 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.
* RomanAClef: Based on Charlotte Brontė's life in Brussels, her feelings for Constantin Heger and George Smith and her morose attitudes to life.
* 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.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Lucy encounters such a pair while traveling and is stunned to realize that the pretty young woman is quite happy and content, as the man is not only ugly in looks, but in personality.
* 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.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend / UnluckyChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Polly]] and Lucy respectively.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Lucy and Ginevra are a truly strange case of this, as they are [[WithFriendsLikeThese hardly friends]], but certainly vitriolic. They spend quite a lot of time together, thanks to both being Englishwomen in a foreign country and Ginevra being surprisingly clingy.
* YouCantFightFate: Invoked a few times.
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