“Villette” by Charlotte Bronte was first published in 1857. The story is set in the English countryside, in London. Villette is a fictional city, primarily based upon Brussels. The fictional city is situated in the fictional Kingdom of Labassecour. The Kingdom is based upon Belgium. In French language, Labassecour means farmyard.
Lucy Snowe is the central character and protagonist of the novel. She goes through an unspecified family disaster. She travels to England to the fictional French-speaking city of Villette. She is to teach at a girls’ school in Villette. While teaching, she is drawn into romance and adventure.
Ready Reference Treatise: Villette
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Plot Overview
Chapter Three: Major Characters
Chapter Four: Complete Summary
Chapter Five: Critical Analysis
About the Author
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