Reviews of Professor, the (1857)
Review by rinabeana (2006-05-29)
Summary: William Crimsworth leaves England to find work in Brussels. He becomes an English professor at a boys' school and the neighboring girls' school and takes a special interest in Frances Henri, who teaches lace-mending at the school and becomes his English pupil.
Review: This book has a somewhat similar storyline to Villette, and I wasn't much surprised by that. I thought it interesting that it's told from Crimsworth's point of view, making it unique among CB's novels. She clearly has drawn some material from her own experience in Brussels. I don't think it's as strong a novel as any of her others, but I liked it all the same. It seemed a bit choppy sometimes and very short, but I might expect that from a first novel (though we know that didn't happen with Wuthering Heights). Anyway, I liked The Professor, but even after reading all CB's novels, Jane Eyre is still my favorite.