SP3 Doll’s miniatures (detail)

Writing in pencil to Ellen, Charlotte explains, ‘I cannot procure ink, without going into the drawing-room, where I do not wish to go.’ When taken to task by Mrs Sidgwick for her ‘shy and sometimes melancholy’ behaviour, Charlotte cried most bitterly and considered going home, but describes, ‘I resolved to be patient, to command my feelings, and to take what came; the ordeal, I reflected, would not last many weeks, and I trusted it would do me good. I recollected the fable of the willow and the oak; I bent quietly, and now, I trust, the storm is blowing over me.’

Book height 3 cm

SP3 Doll’s miniatures (detail)

Writing in pencil to Ellen, Charlotte explains, ‘I cannot procure ink, without going into the drawing-room, where I do not wish to go.’ When taken to task by Mrs Sidgwick for her ‘shy and sometimes melancholy’ behaviour, Charlotte cried most bitterly and considered going home, but describes, ‘I resolved to be patient, to command my feelings, and to take what came; the ordeal, I reflected, would not last many weeks, and I trusted it would do me good. I recollected the fable of the willow and the oak; I bent quietly, and now, I trust, the storm is blowing over me.’

Book height 3 cm