Charlotte develops a vision for herself and her sisters, her intention for them to all become published writers and novelists, and works toward it tirelessly. She places a great deal of emphasis on her own intellect and intellectualism, confessing frustration to her sister that it isn’t fair that women are so diminished in a man’s world, when their minds are as sharp as any man’s. She is quick to think of the future, when dealing with problems; she sees the trouble with having their work mixed up (she also doesn’t want any of them to take credit for one another’s published fiction) and wants to take decisive action to correct it. Charlotte is practical and down to earth, more so than her sisters; she puts aside writing for a long time, because it doesn’t seem like the “adult” thing to do. She believes they should publish a book of poetry together, and defy cultural norms, because together their work is substantial enough to make sales, and that they should assume male identities to better promote and sell their work. She wants to know why the world is how it is, why men get to do more important things, and often has very profound, critical insights to share about society (she says a woman is judged for writing a novel, where a man’s work is judged for itself). She is often detached, distant, and logical, but doesn’t really share her thoughts easily with others. Charlotte violates her sister’s privacy to read her poetry, and it makes her emotional because of its pure expression of feeling (she tells Emily it’s the most beautiful thing she’s ever read). She becomes very upset when a publisher believes she and Anne are the same person, and is determined to set him straight. Charlotte shows no real sensory impulses other than her spur of the moment decision to travel to London without any warning and introduce herself (and her sisters) to the publishers; in that moment, she decides to throw over their secret identities to set the record straight.

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Charlotte is withdrawn and proper, unafraid to voice her harsh opinions about her brother’s immoral behavior, but also not wanting to stir up trouble unnecessarily. She is somewhat straightforward and aggressive in stating her own opinions, but also does not want to draw Emily’s wrath down upon her. When the publisher mixes up their false names and wants to credit her work to her sister, she angrily goes to London to confront him and reveal her authorship (even though they had previously agreed not to do so). She writes Jane Eyre, which is all about a rigidly moralistic young woman resisting temptation, even in defiance of love, and holding herself to such a strong standard, she changes Rochester in the process. Charlotte both loves her brother and disapproves of his behavior. She doesn’t like to admit to it when she is wrong, and argues that Emily’s amazing poetry and how it would ‘lift’ their entire poetry book from mere drudgery to something amazing, makes her violation of Emily’s privacy all right.