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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 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 Brontë'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''.
!!Contains examples of

%% * {{Angst}}: Chock full of it.
* AtTheOperaTonight: Lucy goes 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.
* BolivianArmyEnding: Lucy tells her readers 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: Lucy is left alone during the vacation. It's dangerously close to GoMadFromTheIsolation.
%% * TheChessmaster: Madame.
%% * ConvertingForLove: Subverted.
%% * CoolOldLady: Mrs. Bretton.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Lucy's undisclosed family tragedy. We only know she is left all alone in the world. Older and kind Mrs Bretton is her only reliable friend, but her situation is hard as well and Lucy must depend on herself only.
* DeadpanSnarker: Lucy. Most notable in her friendship with Ginevra Fanshawe, but also to Dr John when teasing him about the object of his admiration.
* DiabolusExMachina: After finally gaining true love, Lucy very probably 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: It rains when Lucy is depressed and she seems to actually ''like'' when it rains.
%% * TheHedonist: Lucy sees your average Labascurian as this.
%% * HerHeartWillGoOn
%% * HeroicBSOD: "My heart will break!"
%% * IfICantHaveYou: Mme. Beck sabotages Lucy and M. Paul's relationship because of this.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Lucy Snowe puts up with a lot of crap from Dr. John because she is almost completely without any companions.
%% * ItsAllAboutMe: Ginevra Fanshawe.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: When Dr. John showed romantic interest in Ginevra, Lucy objected because Ginevra was leading him on because he gave her gifts. When Dr. John showed romantic interest in Polly Home, Lucy approves because Polly is a decent lady.
%% * KarmaHoudini: 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: M. Paul is the school dog's favorite.
%% * LikeBrotherAndSister: M. Paul, but even he probably knew that he and Lucy were more than that.
* 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.
* 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, 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: 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 is courted by two men and she 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 is hard 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 Brontë's life in Brussels, her feelings for Constantin Heger and George Smith and her morose attitudes to life.
%% * ShesAllGrownUp:
%% ** Lucy when Dr. Bretton learns who Lucy.
%% ** Lucy when she re-meets Polly.
%% * SittingOnTheRoof: To watch the storm, no less.
%% * StarCrossedLovers: Lucy and M. Paul.
%% * TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity: Ginevra.
%% * UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Lucy.
* 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 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: Polly.
* 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