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Agnes Grey (Penguin Classics) (original 1847; edition 1989)

by Anne Brontë, Angeline Goreau (Editor)

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Title:Agnes Grey (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Anne Brontë
Other authors:Angeline Goreau (Editor)
Info:Penguin Classics (1989), Paperback, 272 pages
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Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (1847)

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There's a reason Anne Bronte isn't as well known as her sisters, but Agnes Grey was still lovely to read.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
Certainly not up to the quality of her sisters, Anne has told a tale that improves as it goes along. Predictable, simple, and no overly profound characters mark this novel. It also certainly has a much lighter feel than her sisters' darker offerings. Something that would serve for a quick summer read. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 22, 2016 |
Agnes Grey, the youngest child in her family, grows up sheltered and even when she wants to help, is usually sent out to enjoy herself once her studies are done. The daughter of a vicar with a small living and a mother who has been disinherited, she finally sets off to be a governess when her father finds himself in tight straits and she convinces her parents to let her try. Her first posting is wretched. She is with a middle class family who treats her poorly and where the parents refuse to let her discipline their unruly brood of spoiled children. I have little doubt that there were families like that as they exist today. Her next job isn’t a lot better, other than the pay and the size of the house. Here she is again not allowed to discipline the children (the term teenager had not yet been coined), ranging from 10 years old to nearly ready to “come out.” The boys are willful, but are sent off to boarding school one at a time, the eldest a flagrant flirt, and the younger daughter willful. I’ll say no more so that you can discover these characters for yourself.

While any romance like those of Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre (no Heathcliff or Rochester), there are some great lines and insights into the lives of governesses and their charges not found in her sisters’ writings. While I think her second novel is better written, there are many good things about this one, particularly once you get to the part, which takes a great deal of the book, where Agnes is in her second job.
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  Karin7 | Jan 20, 2016 |
Agnes is an idiot. And I only made it through about 60% of this very boring book. ( )
  killerX | Jan 8, 2016 |
Fodder for all romance novelists who followed the Brontes, how many ways can you tell the story of a mousy, governess beset on all sides by poverty, the winds of fate and wicked souls who try, if not her virtue, at least her patience? Yet she victoriously outlasts them all through her basic goodness to win the heart and hand of the right man in the end. Anne Bronte's heroine may be a bit boring, but her wonderfully descriptive passages lift Agnes Grey above the ordinary. Her intense attention to detail and personality are extremely well done, particularly regarding some of the nasty little psychopathic charges Miss Grey had to take in hand and their equally repulsive parents. ( )
  varielle | Jun 29, 2015 |
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Brontë, Anneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brockway, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Desai, AnitaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Agnes Grey is forced by the poverty ensuing on her father's death to seek work as a governess, the only employment available to middle-class young women of the time. Her humiliating first position lasts only six months, but she is soon employed by the Murray family. Tormented by the coquettish Rosalie and the student tomboy Matilda, she finds her position increasingly lonely and difficult. Only Mr Weston, the poor, plain curate shows any kindness, and Rosalie seems bent on his conquest. Anne Bronte knew only too well what is was to be a governess - "your efforts baffled and set at nought by those beneath you, and unjustly censured by those above". With Agnes Grey she created an impassioned account of a role which stripped so many Victorian women of their dignity. And, reinforcing her insistence on a woman's right to personal freedom, vividly presents the natural landscape as a mirror to her heroine's inner life.
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When her family becomes impoverished after a disastrous financial speculation, Agnes Grey determines to find work as a governess in order to contribute to their meagre income and assert her independence. But Agnes' enthusiasm is swiftly extinguished as she struggles first with the unmanageable Bloomfield children and then with the painful disdain of the haughty Murray family; the only kindness she receives comes from Mr Weston, the sober young curate. Drawing on her own experience, Anne Bronte's first novel offers a compelling personal perspective on the desperate position of unmarried, educated women for whom becoming a governess was the only respectable career open in Victorian society.

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When her family becomes impoverished after a disastrous financial speculation, Agnes Grey determines to find work as a governess in order to contribute to their meagre income and assert her independence. But Agnes' enthusiasm is swiftly extinguished as she struggles first with the unmanageable Bloomfield children and then with the painful disdain of the haughty Murray family; the only kindness she receives comes from Mr Weston, the sober young curate. Drawing on her own experience, Anne Bronte's first novel offers a compelling personal perspective on the desperate position of unmarried, educated women for whom becoming a governess was the only respectable career open in Victorian society.… (more)

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