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A global order upended

• The U.S. is facing Russian threats on at least two fronts — next-generation nuclear missiles and cyberweapons — but it is struggling to respond. “They don’t fear us,” Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, the nominee to run the National Security Agency, said of Moscow last week.

Of the $120 million allocated since late 2016 to counter foreign efforts to meddle in elections, the State Department has spent $0.

In Europe, many leaders had looked to President Xi Jinping of China to champion a global system that President Trump dismisses. But that hope ebbed with Beijing’s plans to abolish presidential term limits.

Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Day Their Childhood Ended“I feel broken, I feel defeated. Right now on my mind, it’s not going to be fine.” Six Stoneman Douglas High School students spoke to a Times reporter.A portrait of Charlotte Brontë from 1850.Credit…National Portrait Gallery, London

Her suitor was the Rev. Henry Nussey, the brother of her close friend Ellen. He proposed by letter, shortly before Brontë’s 23rd birthday. She responded a few days later:

“Before answering your letter, I might have spent a long time in consideration of its subject; but as from the first moment of its reception and perusal I determined on which course to pursue, it seemed to me that delay was wholly unnecessary.”

She offered a face-saving explanation: “I have no personal repugnance to the idea of a union with you — but I feel convinced that mine is not the sort of disposition calculated to form the happiness of a man like you.”

Brontë went on to publish a collection of poetry with her sisters Emily and Anne, in 1846. “Jane Eyre” was published the next year under the pseudonym Currer Bell, which was based partly on the name of the man whose marriage proposal she did accept (after two tries), Arthur Bell Nicholls.


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