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Agnes Grey (original 1847; edition 2005)

by Anne Brontë

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Title:Agnes Grey
Authors:Anne Brontë (Author)
Info:New York, NY : Barnes & Noble Classics, 2005.
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Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë (1847)

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4 stars for the LibriVox recording (version 2) but only 3½ stars for the book. It was a quick and easy book to read but I found the character of Agnes rather one-dimensional and that dimension was a pious goody-good. If I had been a pupil of hers, I would have misbehaved too!

That said, the author did make me think about how difficult it must have been to be a governess, in that awkward position of not being part of the family nor of the servants, being asked to do tasks without always being given the authority to accomplish them. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 9, 2016 |
Reread after seeing a BBC documentary on the Bronte sisters ( )
  aine.fin | Apr 1, 2016 |
Slow, sometimes overly pious and reflective. Bronte does have plenty to say about wealthy people of the time. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
Slow, sometimes overly pious and reflective. Bronte does have plenty to say about wealthy people of the time. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

Agnes Grey, a novelist in 1847 recounts her experiences as a governess before she became an Author. Agnes was the daughter of a minister whose family was in financial difficulty. She has only a few choices for employment. Agnes experiences the difficulty of caring for spoiled children, and delves into how she feels wealth can corrupt morals. Based on the true life story Anne Brontë when she left home at age of 19. A fantastic read ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | Mar 11, 2016 |
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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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