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date: 23 January 2020

Donne, Revd Joseph, 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to the Brontes
Author(s):
Herbert RosengartenHerbert Rosengarten

curate to Revd Dr Thomas *Boultby, Rector of *Whinbury, in Shirley. ‘All about him was pragmatical and self-complacent, from his turned-up nose and elevated chin to his clerical black gaiters, his somewhat short, strapless trousers, and his square-toed shoes’ (p. 331). One of the three ‘youthful Levites’ mocked by the narrator in the novel's opening chapter, Donne is a snob, a ‘lisping cockney’ (p. 324) who looks down on the natives of Yorkshire and complains of ‘the want of high society’ (p. 129), despite his own vulgarity. He is put to flight by ... ...

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