The Vicarage on the Moor

Photo  copyright: Goroyboy.

Photo copyright: Goroyboy.

As the winter winds bit deep, the people of Haworth barred their doors. Up at the vicarage Tabitha jammed anything suitable into any cracks as she attempted to deny the wind entry. Then she banked the fire in the study. No one would suffer a chill on her watch.

As she returned to the kitchen she stopped and glanced back into the parlour. For it always pleased her to see the children gathered together. Today the older four children appeared to be mimicking their father, as they scribbled with their quills. Whilst nearby the two younger children listened in delight at the fantastical worlds that the older children created.

Tabitha wondered if the children might weave the toy soldiers that their father Patrick Bronte had brought Branwell today. Then smiling She returned to the kitchen. It was good to see the children writing and drawing, for it distracted them from pestering their mother. For Tabitha was worried about Maria Bronte. When this wind dropped she would suggest to Patrick that the doctor might be called.

Footnote: Seeing the miniature quills reminded me of the amazingly tiny books that the children of Patrick and Maria Bronte produced.

Michael Humphris.

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    Nice historical piece. I was unaware that the Bronte clan had produced miniature books. Found this interesting.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Pleased to read your comment, thank you Irene.

  2. Varad

    Very interesting and informative piece, Michael. Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Varad

  3. Iain Kelly

    A nice historical scene Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain

  4. James

    I very compelling world, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you James

  5. Priceless Joy

    Great story Mike and wonderfully written!

    1. Michael Humphris

      You are kind, thank you PJ

  6. EagleAye

    Lovely scenes you painted with this story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your comment. Thank you.

  7. Michael

    Nicely done Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Michael, the Brontë’s family history is rather interesting and quite sad.

  8. Keith's Ramblings

    Delightful Michael. I’e learned something today!

    Click to read my FFfAW!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Keith, so pleased to read your feedback.

  9. Ellespeth

    What a well written piece! I enjoy historical fiction – especially the family saga.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Ellespeth; the history Brontë family when at Haworth is fascinating.

  10. jacquelineobyikocha

    I love the imagery of togetherness and warmth that your story painted.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am pleased that warmth came over, for the Brontë family seemed to have had that inner warmth. Sadly it was cut short by their environment and illness.

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