The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Setting & Symbolism

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Mrs. Huntingdon's Diary

Mrs. Graham gives a diary to Mr. Gilbert Markham to explain her past to him, her relationship to Mr. Lawrence, and to explain why she cannot enter into a relationship with him. This diary turns out to be belong to Mrs. Huntingdon, the wife of an alcoholic from whom she has escaped in order to protect her son from his abusive ways. Mrs. Huntingdon adopted the name Mrs. Graham to protect herself and her son.

Paintings

Mr. Markham notices several paintings in Mrs. Graham's studio that face the wall, including one of a young gentleman who turns out to be Mrs. Huntingdon's husband, and one of a young child, clearly young Mr. Arthur Huntingdon.

Mrs. Huntingdon Letters

Mr. Markham learns about Mr. Huntingdon's illness and subsequent death through letters Mrs. Huntingdon writes to her brother.

Dogs

Mr. Markham owns a dog that young Mr. Arthur...

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