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* ArcWords: Try to count how many times the word "prejudice" comes up in the first third of the story and the word "pride" in the last third. [[PrideAndPrejudice Interesting.]]

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* ArcWords: Try to count how many times the word "prejudice" comes up in the first third of the story and the word "pride" in the last third. [[PrideAndPrejudice [[Literature.PrideAndPrejudice Interesting.]]


* DomesticAbuse: A thorough examination of it, to the horror and fascination of the Victorian reading public.
** In fact, it was BasedOnATrueStory; not Branwell's, but the wife of a local assistant pastor, who visited the Bronte parsonage and told Rev. Bronte exactly what her husband had been doing to her. Rev. Bronte (well known for his liberal views for the time) advised her to take her children and leave him. Eventually, she did. Recovered, she came back to visit the parsonage a few years later -- just as Anne was starting on this, her second novel. Arthur resembles Branwell only in that he is not evil, just has weak moral character.

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* DomesticAbuse: A thorough examination of it, to the horror and fascination of the Victorian reading public.
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public. In fact, it was BasedOnATrueStory; not Branwell's, but the wife of a local assistant pastor, who visited the Bronte parsonage and told Rev. Bronte exactly what her husband had been doing to her. Rev. Bronte (well known for his liberal views for the time) advised her to take her children and leave him. Eventually, she did. Recovered, she came back to visit the parsonage a few years later -- just as Anne was starting on this, her second novel. Arthur resembles Branwell only in that he is not evil, just has weak moral character.



* ExtremeDoormat: Millicent Hattersley.

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* ExtremeDoormat: ExtremeDoormat:
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Millicent Hattersley.



* FirstNameBasis: It's a big deal when you call someone you're not related to by first name, as it presumes great friendship or intimacy. When the very proper Helen uses Gilbert's name and lets him use hers, it shows how much she trusts and cares for him.

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It's a big deal when you call someone you're not related to by first name, as it presumes great friendship or intimacy. When the very proper Helen uses Gilbert's name and lets him use hers, it shows how much she trusts and cares for him.



* LovingAShadow: Helen and Huntingdon both. Helen thought Huntingdon was a better man than he was and that she could change him. Huntingdon thought Helen would be more submissive and docile.

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* LovingAShadow: LovingAShadow:
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Helen and Huntingdon both. Helen thought Huntingdon was a better man than he was and that she could change him. Huntingdon thought Helen would be more submissive and docile.



* MeaningfulName: Mr. Boarham, which Helen takes care to let us know is pronounced "Bore 'em." It's very appropriate.

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Mr. Boarham, which Helen takes care to let us know is pronounced "Bore 'em." It's very appropriate.



* MommasBoy: Gilbert's mother spoils him rotten.

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* MommasBoy: MommasBoy:
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Gilbert's mother spoils him rotten.



* MoralGuardians: Anne Bronte responded to some of these in the second edition.

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* MoralGuardians: MoralGuardians:
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Anne Bronte responded to some of these in the second edition.



* PetTheDog: In typical Brontë tradition, Gilbert is kind and playful with his dog and with little Arthur Huntingdon.
** By contrast, when the elder Arthur Huntingdon hits one of his dogs with a book, Helen begins to see what he's really like under all that charm.

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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In typical Brontë tradition, Gilbert is kind and playful with his dog and with little Arthur Huntingdon.
** By contrast, when When the elder Arthur Huntingdon hits one of his dogs with a book, Helen begins to see what he's really like under all that charm.



* ProperLady: Despite the presence of straight examples, ultimately Deconstructed -- the lovely and virtuous Helen utterly fails to keep her husband on the straight and narrow due to his lack of self discipline and crowd of [[ToxicFriendInfluence poisonous friends]].

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* ProperLady: ProperLady:
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Despite the presence of straight examples, ultimately Deconstructed -- the lovely and virtuous Helen utterly fails to keep her husband on the straight and narrow due to his lack of self discipline and crowd of [[ToxicFriendInfluence poisonous friends]].


* ByronicHero: Unlike in the more famous novels of the other Brontë sisters, none of the men remotely qualify as this, but ''Helen'' does: mysterious, isolated, and haunted by a dark past and bad decisions of her youth. Her situation in fact bears strong resemblances to Mr. Rochester's in ''JaneEyre'' - [[spoiler: trying to get away from and move past a youthful and foolish marriage to an awful person, being a single parent, and facing the challenge of falling in love with a new person while still married]] - but her moral character is far superior.

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* ByronicHero: Unlike in the more famous novels of the other Brontë sisters, none of the men remotely qualify as this, but ''Helen'' does: mysterious, isolated, and haunted by a dark past and bad decisions of her youth. Her situation in fact bears strong resemblances to Mr. Rochester's in ''JaneEyre'' ''Literature/JaneEyre'' - [[spoiler: trying to get away from and move past a youthful and foolish marriage to an awful person, being a single parent, and facing the challenge of falling in love with a new person while still married]] - but her moral character is far superior.


->''"His idea of a wife is a thing to love one devotedly, and to stay at home — to wait upon her husband, and amuse him and minister to his comfort in every possible way, while he chooses to stay with her; and, when he is absent, to attend to his interests, domestic or otherwise, and patiently wait his return; no matter how he may be occupied in the meantime."''
-->--'''Helen about her husband'''

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->''"His idea of a wife ->''There is such a thing to love as looking through a person's eyes into the heart, and learning more of the height, and breadth, and depth of another's soul in one devotedly, and hour than it might take you a lifetime to stay at home — discover, if he or she were not disposed to wait upon her husband, and amuse him and minister reveal it, or if you had not the sense to understand it.''
-->-- '''Gilbert Markham
to his comfort in every possible way, while he chooses to stay with her; and, when he is absent, to attend to his interests, domestic or otherwise, and patiently wait his return; no matter how he may be occupied in the meantime."''
-->--'''Helen about her husband'''
sister Rose'''


* WeWantOurJerkBack: Probably unintentional -- Helen's response to Gilbert (per her own instructions) learning to control and restrain his passion for her and heeding to her wishes of not taking [[spoiler: her husband's death]] as the greenlight for their own relationship is, "What is wrong with you?"



* WeWantOurJerkBack: Probably unintentional -- Helen's response to Gilbert (per her own instructions) learning to control and restrain his passion for her and heeding to her wishes of not taking [[spoiler: her husband's death]] as the greenlight for their own relationship is, "What is wrong with you?"


* IJustWanttoBeSpecial: Gilbert Markham is deeply dissatisfied with his country farmer position.

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* IJustWanttoBeSpecial: IJustWantToBeSpecial: Gilbert Markham is deeply dissatisfied with his country farmer position.


* FramingDevice: Gilbert's letters frame Helen's diary.
* FreudianSlip: We get a glimpse of Gilbert's ultimate regard for Eliza Millward when he describes her glances as occasionally diabolically... er.. "preternaturally" wicked.



* FreudianSlip: We get a glimpse of Gilbert's ultimate regard for Eliza Millward when he describes her glances as occasionally diabolically... er.. "preternaturally" wicked.
* FramingDevice: Gilbert's letters frame Helen's diary.



* ThickerThanWater: [[spoiler: Frederick]] helps Helen to run away from Huntingdon. Also deconstructed with their father, who [[NoBloodTies never cared about]] Helen.


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* ThickerThanWater: [[spoiler: Frederick]] helps Helen to run away from Huntingdon. Also deconstructed with their father, who [[NoBloodTies never cared about]] Helen.


* BirdsOfAFeather: {{The Quiet One}}s Mary Millward and Richard Wilson.


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* BirdsOfAFeather: {{The Quiet One}}s Mary Millward and Richard Wilson.


* WeWantOurJerkBack: Probably unintentional -- Helen's response to Gilbert (per her own instructions) learning to control and restrain his passion for her and heeding to her wishes of not taking her husband's death as the greenlight for their own relationship is, "What is wrong with you?"

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* WeWantOurJerkBack: Probably unintentional -- Helen's response to Gilbert (per her own instructions) learning to control and restrain his passion for her and heeding to her wishes of not taking [[spoiler: her husband's death death]] as the greenlight for their own relationship is, "What is wrong with you?"


* AlliterativeName: Helen Huntingdon.



* BrainyBrunette: Played with. {{Bookworm}} Helen spends a lot of time over her books and forms some foolish ideas about people and marriage.



* FriendToAllChildren: Mary Millward, a plain girl, who is "loved and courted by all dogs, cats, children, and poor people, and slighted and neglected by everybody else."



* TheFundamentalist: Reverend Michael Millward.
* TheGamblingAddict: Lord Lowborough. He successfully overcomes it.



* ThickerThanWater: [[spoiler: Frederick]] helps Helen to run away from Huntingdon. Also deconstructed with their father, who [[NoBloodTies never cared about]] Helen.



* IJustWanttoBeSpecial: Gilbert Markham is deeply dissatisfied with his country farmer position.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Grimsby.



* OperationJealousy: Arthur flirts with Annabella to spark Helen's jealousy.
* ParentalAbandonment: Helen has both a DisappearedDad and a MissingMom. However, she has a [[ParentalSubstitute good substitute]] in her uncle and aunt.



* ParentalSubstitute: Helen is raised by her aunt and uncle.

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* ParentalSubstitute: ParentalFavoritism: [[spoiler: Helen is raised by her aunt and uncle.Frederick's]] father prefers his son over his daughter.



* ThePlace: Wildfell Hall. It's notable that four houses in [[Creator/EmilyBronte Emily]]'s and Anne's novels have "W.H." initials: Wellwood House in ''Literature/AgnesGrey'', the eponymous mansion in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'', and Wildfell Hall and Woodford Hall in ''The Tenant''. According to Stevie Davies, both sisters used places and characters in their Gondal cycle as a source of inspiration for their fiction.



* ShrinkingViolet: Frederick Lawrence. Gilbert tells that "his heart was like a sensitive plant, that opens for a moment in the sunshine, but curls up and shrinks into itself at the slightest touch of the finger, or the lightest breath of wind."



* StalkerWithACrush: Mr. Hargrave

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* StalkerWithACrush: Mr. HargraveHargrave.



* WhatBeautifulEyes!: Gilbert describes Helen's eyes as "very dark grey, almost black" and a "large, clear and full of soul."



* WhosYourDaddy: Huntingdon fathered at least one of Annabella's children, much to Lowborough's dismay.
* YankTheDogsChain: The evening before Helen realizes her husband is having an affair, she hears two of his friends complaining how "that woman" is civilizing and moralizing him -- and she gets an unexpectedly affectionate welcome when she surprises him outside. Then she learns that he thought she was someone else, and "that woman" is the Other Woman.

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* WhosYourDaddy: [[spoiler: Huntingdon fathered at least one of Annabella's children, much to Lowborough's dismay.
dismay.]]
* YankTheDogsChain: The evening before Helen realizes her husband is having an affair, she hears two of his friends complaining how "that woman" is civilizing and moralizing him -- and she gets an unexpectedly affectionate welcome when she surprises him outside. Then she learns that he thought she was someone else, and "that woman" is the [[TheMistress Other Woman.Woman]].


* GoldDigger: Annabella Wilmot, later Lady Lowborough.

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* GoldDigger: Annabella Wilmot, later Lady Lowborough.Parodied. [[spoiler:Jane Wilson never gets a husband she likes and ends up "loving no one and beloved by none—a cold-hearted, supercilious, keenly, insidiously censorious old maid."]]


* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest

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* TheFirstCutIsTheDeepestTheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: Helen is deeply traumatized by her relationship with Arthur: when Walter Hargrave offers her his friendship, seemingly without any selfish motive, she says that she can't call him a real friend after only a short acquaintance. In her relationship with Gilbert, Helen is also very suspicious of his true character.

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** Mr. Oldfield, one of Esther Hargrave's suitors who is "as old as Adam."


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* MouthingTheProfanity: Arthur Huntingdon calls Helen a "confounded slut" when they quarrel and (in uncensored editions) he also labels her servant Rachel an "old bitch."

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->''"His idea of a wife is a thing to love one devotedly, and to stay at home — to wait upon her husband, and amuse him and minister to his comfort in every possible way, while he chooses to stay with her; and, when he is absent, to attend to his interests, domestic or otherwise, and patiently wait his return; no matter how he may be occupied in the meantime."''
-->--'''Helen about her husband'''

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