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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

AUTHOR'S PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION



While I acknowledge the success of the present work to have been
greater than I anticipated, and the praises it has elicited from a
few kind critics to have been greater than it deserved, I must also
admit that from some other quarters it has been censured with an
asperity which I was as little prepared to expect, and which my
judgment, as well as my feelings, assures me is more bitter than
just.  It is scarcely the province of an author to refute the
arguments of his censors and vindicate his own productions; but I
may be allowed to make here a few observations with which I would
have prefaced the first edition, had I foreseen the necessity of
such precautions against the misapprehensions of those who would
read it with a prejudiced mind or be content to judge it by a hasty
glance.

My object in writing the following pages was not simply to amuse
the Reader; neither was it to gratify my own taste, nor yet to
ingratiate myself with the Press and the Public:  I wished to tell
the truth, for truth always conveys its own moral to those who are
able to receive it.  But as the priceless treasure too frequently
hides at the bottom of a well, it needs some courage to dive for
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