Blake Hall, Mirfield

Where is that nursery window?
Cunliffe, Martha and Mary
threw Anne's writing-desk onto the lawn
after spitting in her workbag.

Is the table in the corner
the one that Anne tied her charges to
much to the chagrin of her employer?
Silence hovers in the room.

In the orchard and kitchen garden
I can sense the bones of moles and magpies
trapped and tortured by Master Cunliffe,
his form of pleasure.


Anne Brontë was governess to the Ingham family here in 1839, perhaps inspiring scenes of the Wellwood children in her novel Agnes Grey.


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Sun 26th Feb 2012 20:48

I know how keen you are on the Bronte sisters Edwin and the attention to detail here works well for know so much of them it is nice to have something told that I didnt know..nice work :)

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Edwin Stockdale

Sun 26th Feb 2012 18:39

Thanks for all your comments everybody!

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Dave Bradley

Sat 25th Feb 2012 23:12

I enjoyed this Edwin. It is a bit prosy, but is vivid and thought-provoking

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Tom Harding

Sat 25th Feb 2012 21:57

I agree with Freda, this is sharp and neatly done.

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Sat 25th Feb 2012 19:26

An interesting write. I find it a bit prosy but like its originality.

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Freda Davis

Sat 25th Feb 2012 18:50

This is sharp writing, catching the sense of ghostly children just slipping out the room as you enter. I love to visit old houses that have stories in them like this. None of the Bronte girls were really suited to teaching or governessing. Emily got the sack for hitting one of her charges across the face. That was up at Northowram I believe.

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