Bronte’s novel The Professor recalls her experiences at the Pensionnat Heger and explores the effects of ambition and authoritarianism on family relationships. Shirley: A Tale involves a much broader spectrum of society than does Jane Eyre. The book depicts the plight of Yorkshire people coping with industrialization and attendant problems. Romantic relationships and tortuous plot twists underlie the major social themes. In the somewhat autobiographical Villette, Bronte focuses on one character named Lucy Snowe.