ANNE BRONTE'S was a mind of weaker calibre. Agnes Grey is a gentle, gracefully written tale, founded on the writer's own experiences of a governess's life ; but it manifested little power or promise. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall has much greater force and vigour ; but the main conception is an unpleasant one over which the writer had brooded until she had been seized with a morbid craving to give it shape and substance. It is a painful story, inartistically told.
Charlotte Bronte's friend, Mrs Gaskell, has narrated her life, as only a woman of kindred genius could. Of Emily and Anne, incomparably the best notice is that prefixed by Charlotte Brontc to the second edition of Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey. A new and uniform edition of the whole works of the three sisters, with Mrs Gaskell's Life (which first appeared in 1875), illustrated by engravings of the principal places mentioned, is at present (1876) in course of publication.