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Commonplace Book

Image taken from BBC Hulton Picture Library

“He lifted up the sable waves of hair which lay horizontally over his brow, and showed a solid enough mass of intellectual organs; but an abrupt deficiency where the suave sign of benevolence should have risen” (Brontë 203)

Jane makes numerous references to phrenology, such as in the example above. Phrenology studies bumps and indentations of the skull in order to draw conclusions about one’s character and capacity for particular skills. The above image depicts a phrenology chart, showing the regions of each quality.

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