"the love lives of Charlotte Brontë and of Miss Brodie herself"
Constantin Heger (c.1865)
Public DomainConstantin Heger (c.1865) - Credit: unknown
Portrait of Charlotte Brontë based on a drawing by George Richmond
Public DomainPortrait of Charlotte Brontë based on a drawing by George Richmond - Credit: Evert A. Duychinck

 Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) was an English novelist and poet, best known for her novel Jane Eyre She was the elder sister of Emily and Anne Brontë, who were also novelists and poets. 

In the early 1840s, Charlotte and Emily spent some time in Brussels studying languages and teaching at the Pensionnat Heger where Charlotte fell in love with the owner, Constantin Heger, who was a married man.

Charlotte's subsequent love life was not uneventful. She is said to have been proposed to on four occasions, and in 1854 she accepted the proposal of her father's curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls. She died in March of the following year whilst expecting her first child.