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Agnes Grey (The World's Classics) Paperback – August 29, 1991
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?The one story in English literature in which style, characters and subject are in perfect keeping.? ?George Moore --George Moore --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What I wanted to know was what happened to her former pupil, Rosalie-who was really the central character of the book.
Agnes expresses some surprise that her pupil seems to have some affection for her, but expresses no affection for Rosalie. In the end, the author suitably punished Rosalie for her vanity, selfishness etc. The character is then, maybe, twenty years old? Married miserably to a man she despises, she is left considering Agnes her only confidante. Agnes visits, gives platitudinous advice, and the story leaves Rosalie behind. A lifetime of misery seems harsh punishment for a teenager who married to suit her mother's wishes. Although the author allowed Rosalie to run away with the novel, it seems she was incapable of seeing the potential of Rosalie's story.
This book focuses on Agnes Grey who is the daughter of a clergyman who has trouble making ends meet. She obtains and loses successive jobs as a governess for spoiled children of wealthy families.
I thought Anne did a good job of portraying Victorian "Society," but I thought Agnes was rather prudish, critical and rigid and perhaps depressed.
Although all Agnes' charges were difficult and spoiled, she did little to win them over. Instead she was always criticizing and even punishing them. She could have praised them occasionally when they were behaving. In addition, she seemed to be filled with self-pity. I read that the book was largely autobiographical, so maybe Anne herself behaved this way.
Bronte does an excellent job of bringing the social, emotional, and financial difficulties of the governess to life. A governess had to be close enough to her charges socially to teach them important lessons about deportment, but just by nature of having to earn a living, she was also considered inferior. This meant she was often treated poorly and Agnes’ experiences are no exception. She’s a memorable narrator. She’s keen-witted, practical, observant, and sometimes sharp-tongued. She’s fiercely determined to do the right thing. She knows her worth and sometimes bristles under the unfair demands of her employers (and the young people that she works with). The secondary characters are also memorable, particularly Rosalie, the young woman that Agnes is charged to guide to adulthood. She’s a fantastic counterpoint to Agnes – vain, frivolous, thoughtlessly cruel (like a cat playing with a wounded mouse). Bronte never takes it too far – Rosalie knows too little of the world to be a true villain.
This isn’t as famous as the works of her sisters, but I think it’s underrated. It’s much less dramatic and grandly romantic, but to draw a realistic portrait of life also takes skill. And there is a sweet thrill to this gentle and practical romance.
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