The Yorkshire world of the Bronte sisters reportedly is in shock after its most important customers have dismissed it as one big complacent, tourist-fleecing tea shop.
A consortium of Japanese travel groups, whose goodwill is so crucial to the English village of Haworth's $30 million visitor trade that footpaths are marked in Japanese, said in a survey initiated by the Yorkshire and Humberside tourist board that there's insufficient variety.
The travel agents' main complaint, on behalf of bus tours expecting a wild and melancholy northern wilderness, is the sheer number of tea rooms and souvenir shops offering unoriginal goods for sale, according to the Guardian.
To think, in her day Charlotte Bronte was confident the grittiness of the area would put people off. The Guardian quotes her as writing, "Our rude hills and rugged neighborhood will form a barrier to the frequent repetition of visits."