The Professor, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The hero of Charlotte Bronte's first novel escapes a dreary clerkship in industrial Yorkshire by taking a job as a teacher in Belgium.

There, however, his entanglement with the sensuous but manipulative Zoraide Reuter, complicates his affections for a penniless girl who is both teacher and pupil in Reuter's school.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780140433111

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The concept of this story seems good and has the potential to be intriguing. From the start, however, the characters are dull and dry without much to recommend them to the reader. The plot plods on slowly, which further cements the complete lack of interest in the outcome of the already weak plot. I found very little to recommend this story to me, and only completed it by forcing myself to finish. I cannot recommend this book.

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What is more important beauty, intelligence, or wealth when it concerns the heart?William Crimsworth seeks a job from his estranged brother but on discovering a hardened man, leaves England to go to Brussels at the advice of Mr Hunsden. Employed teaching English in two schools side by side, one run by M. Pelet and the other by Mlle Z. Reuter. The positions allow him to not only learn to speak Frech fluently while earning double the pay but teaches him importance of trust and love. I've read Jane Eyre and now starting to delve further into Charlotte Brontes novels and life. I have yet to read Villete but I found this book a bit slow. I could not find character to really sympathize with until the end, even then the book ended with more of a whimper instead of a bang. I understand that it was an early work, published after her death but it is worht a read for anyone interested in the life and works of Charlotte Bronte.

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Much less gripping than other books of this age. I felt little for the characters and never felt engaged by the plot.

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