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Yorke, Mark:

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405151191.2007.x


second son of Hiram Yorke in Shirley – a “bonnie-looking boy,” but with a dry and cutting way of giving his opinions and a joyless attitude to life. Charlotte Brontë says of him that “His body is now fourteen years of age, but his soul is already thirty” (ch. 9). He was based on Mary Taylor’s brother John, whose nephew Edward commented, in annotating Shirley , that Charlotte Brontë’s likeness was “A very fair description,” adding: “Very phlegmatic as I knew him.” ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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