Villette by David Wagner | Script Revolution




Page Count: 



Age Rating:

Based On: 
Villette, novel by Charlotte Brontë
A young teacher and a moody professor fall in love as they investigate a haunting on the ancient school grounds.

Lucy Snowe, age 13, visits the home of her godmother, Mrs. Bretton. At the same time, a friend of Mrs. Bretton asks the lady to watch his 7-year-old daughter, Polly, who has just lost her mother. Little Polly soon develops a deep devotion to Mrs. Bretton’s 16-year-old son, John Graham, who showers Polly with attention until her father returns for her.

Ten years later, a family tragedy forces Lucy Snowe to seek employment in Belgium. After arriving in the small town of Villette, Lucy finds work as a teacher at Madame Beck's boarding school for girls. Lucy thrives, despite Madame Beck's constant surveillance of the staff and students.

Dr. John, a handsome British physician, frequently visits the school because of his infatuation with 17-year-old student/coquette Ginevra. After Dr. John discovers Ginevra's unworthiness, his brotherly instincts turn his attention to Lucy, and the two become good friends. Soon Lucy realizes that Dr. John is actually John Graham Bretton, the son of Lucy’s godmother.

One night when John and Lucy go to a play, John saves a young woman from being trampled in a theater fire. John and the girl soon discover that they know each other--the young woman is Polly, whom John has not seen since she was a child. The two renew their friendship, which quickly blossoms into love.

Meanwhile, Lucy has several encounters with the shadowy figure of a nun, which may be the ghost of a nun buried alive for breaking her vow of chastity. Lucy also finds herself growing close to fiery schoolmaster Monsieur Paul, who has also witnessed the apparition.

Because of their own selfish plans for him, Paul's family struggles to keep him away from Lucy. The family finally succeeds by forcing Paul to oversee some of their business dealings in the West Indies. Before his departure, Paul declares his love for Lucy and arranges for her to live independently as the headmistress of her own small school for girls.

Three years later on his voyage home, Paul’s ship encounters a violent storm. Will he return to Lucy, or will she be left alone in the world?

Submitted: August 24, 2016
Last Updated: April 20, 2017

Want to read this script? You must join the revolution first. Don't worry, it's free, easy, everyone's welcome, and you can start reading right away.

This Script Is Loved By

Mel Solkoush's picture
David Wagner's picture

The Writer: David Wagner

David Wagner graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in Graphic Design and Media Arts. David's short film, I LIKE INSIDE BETTER, was a recent Official Selection of the Red Rock Film Festival in Utah. Go to bio

More Scripts From David

An orphaned teenage girl has a summer-long affair with a handsome student visiting town, but she must face harsh reality when summer is over, and she finds herself alone and pregnant. Adapted from the novel by Edith Wharton.
Feature Drama, Romance For sale 115pp
5 readers love this script
Mine to Kill
In 1878 Nova Scotia, a teenage girl is possessed by six demons, including one that starts fires. Based on a true story.
Feature Horror, Mystery, Thriller For sale 123pp
5 readers love this script
The Chimes
When an elderly porter loses his faith in mankind, the supernatural occupants of a bell tower work to restore the man's hope. Adapted from the story by Charles Dickens.
Feature Family, Fantasy For sale 90pp
3 readers love this script
King of the Winged Monkeys
A lonely 10-year-old boy in Kansas finds the mysterious relic that compels sinister flying monkeys to obey commands.
Feature Adventure, Family, Fantasy For sale 124pp