Agnes Grey

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

byAnne Bronte, Barbara A. Suess

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Concerned for her family’s financial welfare and eager to expand her own horizons, Agnes Grey takes up the position of governess, the only respectable employment for an unmarried woman in the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, Agnes cannot anticipate the hardship, humiliation, and loneliness that await her in the brutish Bloomfield and haughty Murray households. Drawn from Anne Brontë’s own experiences, Agnes Grey depicts the harsh conditions and class snobbery that governesses were often forced to endure. As Barbara A. Suess writes in her Introduction, “Brontë provides a portrait of the governess that is as sympathetic as her fictional indictment of the shallow, selfish moneyed class is biting.”

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Concerned for her family’s financial welfare and eager to expand her own horizons, Agnes Grey takes up the position of governess, the only respectable employment for an unmarried woman in the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, Agnes cannot anticipate the hardship, humiliation, and loneliness that await her in the brutish Bloomfield and...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307430596

ISBN - 13:9780307430595

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating A fascinating look at the lifestyle of a governess, hardship and resilience.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The downside of becoming a governess Just like everyone else, I had my own conception of what being a governess meant and let’s just say that, just like Agnes, I was dumbfounded what how the book addresses the instability, hardship and humiliation that came with this type of employment. Just how precarious a position it was for young women and how it affected them on the short and long term, was not what I expected. It is also a “coming of age” book as we see Agnes grow and lose her illusions about what she considered the perfect situation, learn from her mistakes and become wiser. The book also shows us the other side of the coin, in Miss Rosalie Murray, who is also coming of age, but does not acquire the wisdom for she does not learn from her mistakes. In other words, as a whole the book is well written and showcases two women of about the same age who both come of age but with different social standing. And yet, I do not consider this book to be an essential classic to put on your reading list. Although pretty short (less than 200 pages), it contains length which sometimes made me want to give it up altogether. Moreover, the author focuses on the pains and humiliation of her first character and how she submits to them without fighting back, thinking it is the families right to treat her as such, going on and on about why she can’t stand up to them and how it pains her. I found it gave a “whining” tone to the story and I hated it. For more on this book and many more, visit my blog at: ladybugandotherbookworms.blogspot.com
Date published: 2013-07-07