Helen Huntingdon flees a disastrous marriage and retreats to the
desolate, half-ruined moorland mansion, Wildfell Hall. With her small
son, Arthur, she adopts an assumed name and makes her living as a
painter. The inconvenience of the house is outweighed by the fact that
she and Arthur are removed from her drunken, degenerate husband.
the house is isolated, she seeks to avoid the attentions of the
neighbors. However, it is difficult to do so. All too soon she becomes
an object of speculation, then cruel gossip.
Narrated by her
neighbor Gilbert Markham, and from the pages of her own diary, The
Tenant of Wildfell Hall portrays Helen’s struggle for independence in a
time when law and society defined a married woman as her husband’s
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