|Extracts from Ellen Nussey's account of Anne's last night: 'The evening closed in with the most glorious sunset ever witnessed. The castle on the cliff stood in proud glory, gilded by the rays of the declining sun . . . The view was grand beyond description. Anne was drawn in her easy chair to the window, to enjoy the scene with us. Her face became illumined almost as much as the glorious scene she gazed upon . . . '|
Very early one morning (6.00 am), Agnes takes a stroll along the beach -
|'. . . when my foot was on the sands and my face towards the broad, bright bay, no language can describe the effect of the deep, clear azure of the sky and ocean, the bright morning sunshine on the semi-circular barrier of craggy cliffs surmounted by green swelling hills, and on the smooth wide, white sands and the low rocks out at sea - looking, with their clothing of weeds and moss, like little grass-grown islands . . . Nothing else was stirring - no living creature was visible besides myself. My footsteps were the first to press the firm, unbroken sands . . .'.|
A little later, after walking some way along the beach, she turns around and looks back to see 'one water-cart coming out of the town to fetch water for the baths'.
|. . . Agnes Grey|
The 'low rocks out at sea . . with their covering of weeds and moss' can be seen in the distance - as a dark patch stretching out into the sea (just left of centre - also see later). The 'South Cliff' extends from the Spa Bridge to beyond these 'low rocks'; and among the greenery, though not visible in this photograph, are a myriad of pathways that twist and weave their way in and out of the wooded areas that are scattered along the uneven slopes. Some of these paths emerge onto slight plateaus that jut out from the general line of the cliffs, and tower above the sands - giving magnificent views back across the bay towards the castle. Anne would have taken many walks along these pathways (see 'Anne Brontë Was Here (2)' - from 'Main Page').30n
Sands' Quotes from the penultimate chapter of Agnes
Grey (with relevant pictures) (44K) (56K).
1999 Michael Armitage
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