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once upon a time it seems an English clergyman born Brunty or Branty self-baptized the more romantic Bronte brought home to his four children a box of twelve wooden soldiers The children lived in isolation in a parsonage high on the Yorkshire moors which is to say at the edge of the world each was possessed of an extraordinarily fecund imagination the wooden soldiers soon acquired life and identities among them the Duke of Wellington and Bonaparte The way by which a masterpiece as unanticipated as Wuthering Heights comes to be written involving as it did the gradual evolution from such early childish games to more complex games of written language serial stories transcribed by the children in minute italic handwriting meant to resemble print secret plays or bed plays written at bedtime the transcribing of the ambitious Gondal and Angria sagas which were to be viable for nearly fifteen years is so compelling a tale so irresistible a legend one is tempted to see in it a miniature history of the imaginations triumph in the most socially restricted of environments No poet or novelist would wish to reduce his mature works to the status of mere games or even to acknowledge an explicit kinship with the prodigies of the childs dreaming mind but it is clear that the play of the imagination has much to do with childish origins and may in truth be inseparable from it As Henry James has observed in a somewhat peevish aside regarding the romantic tradition and the public ecstasies surrounding the Bronte sisters Literature is an objective a projected result it is life that is the unconscious the agitated the struggling floundering cause Certainly this is true but its dogma is too blunt too assured to inspire absolute confidence The unconscious energies feed the objective project life fuels art in disguised forms though art is of course a highly conscious activity Literature is far more than a game
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