Brontë's second published novel, written after the success of Jane Eyre, is set inYorkshire around 1812 in the midst of the Yorkshire textile industry. The novel uses the traditionally masculine name of Shirley for a female character, popularizing the name for females in generations to come. The book follows two different women, the wealthy Shirley Keeldar and impoverished Caroline Helstone, as they attempt to find their identities in life. In contrast to the first person style Brontë utilizes in Jane Eyre, Shirley is narrated by an omniscient third-person narrator.

Quotes from Shirley