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thinks of the name Bronte, it is most often
thought of in the plural of Charlotte and
Emily or even in the triple: Charlotte, Emily and
Anne. All three sisters were published
writers: Charlotte being most noted for Jane
Eyre; Emily for Wuthering Heights
and Anne for Agnes Grey. One would
suppose that the Brontes were very family
oriented and that supposition would be true.
The sisters were thought to be extremely
close, advising and encouraging each other in
all of their endeavors, including writing.
Bronte was born in 1816, the third daughter of
the Rev. Patrick Bronte and his wife Maria.
Her brother Patrick Branwell was born in 1817,
and her sisters Emily and Anne in 1818 and
1820. In 1820, too, the Bronte family moved to
Haworth, Mrs. Bronte dying the following year.
In 1824 the four eldest Bronte daughters were
enrolled as pupils at the Clergy Daughter's
School at Cowan Bridge. The following year
Maria and Elizabeth, the two eldest daughters,
became ill, left the school and died:
Charlotte and Emily, understandably, were
brought home" (Cody brontbio.html). It is
probable that the fondness between the three
sisters was developed not only as a result of
their closeness in age but by being brought
together in shared feelings of grief as they
first lost their mother and then the two