Teaser Tuesday: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

He had a laudable care for his own bodily health–kept very early hours, regularly took a walk before breakfast, was vastly particular about warm and dry clothing, had never been known to preach a sermon without previously swallowing a raw egg–albeit he was gift with good lungs and a powerful voice, and was, generally, extremely particular about what he ate and drank, though by no means abstemious, and having a mode of dietary peculiar to himself, being a great despiser of tea and such slops, and a patron of malt liquors, bacon and eggs, ham, hung beef, and other strong meats, which agreed well enough with his digestive organs, and therefore were maintained by him to be good and wholesome for everybody, and confidently recommended to the most delicate convalescents or dyspeptics, who, if they failed to derive the promised benefit from his prescriptions, were told it was because they had not persevered, and if they complained of inconvenient results therefrom, where assured it was all fancy.
p11, Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

I chose this not because it is a great teaser, but because this is ONE SENTENCE! But, at the same time, this is also a paragraph. A 167-word sentence. Move aside, Jane Austen, a new run-on-sentence-writer is here 🙂 Anne Bronte, you are the modern day English teacher’s worst nightmare. Those teachers I had in the past didn’t like it when I wrote run-on sentences, so I wonder what they would say about those past great authors and authoresses who did so. I mean, would a teacher like it if a student wrote a paper in Elizabethan English, a la Shakespeare? I really can’t say. But I can say they don’t like run-ons 😀


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser



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