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Agnes Grey (Penguin Classics)


Publisher:Penguin Classics



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The name of governess, I soon found, was a mere mockery & my pupils had no more notion of obedience than a wild, unbroken colt

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 Agness 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 Brontės 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.

This edition also includes Charlotte Brontės memoir of her sisters, theBiographical Notice of Ellis and Acton Bell. Angeline Goreau examines Anne Brontės complex relationship with her sisters and her unhappy career as a governess as influences in writing Agnes Grey.

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