The New International Encyclopædia/Shirley
SHIRLEY, shẽr'lĭ. A novel by Charlotte Brontë (1840), the scene of which is a Yorkshire mill-town. The action centres in the career of Robert Moore, the mill-owner, frequently involved in riots among his workpeople. His brother marries the heroine, Shirley Keeldar, who was drawn from Emily Brontë.