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Agnes Grey
Anne Brontë
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Like her sister Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Anne Brontë’s classic lays bare the vulnerable position of the governess in 19th century England. Let down by irresponsible parents, ill-treated by employers, Agnes’s one chance at happiness lies, of course, not in her own strength and smarts, but in finding a man to raise her up to her former society.

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Agnes Grey suits her name - she's your everyday kinda girl. It's a mellow, simple read compared with the other Bronte sisters' work. Agnes doesn't brave fantastic situations or contend with unusually brilliant, eccentric, or otherwise exaggerated characters. She doesn't face any gargantuan crises. She quietly weathers life's typical ups and downs until she finds the right place for herself. It wasn't, you know, "gripping" - and quiet, passive Agnes took a little warming up to - but I was certainly rooting for her by the end. I liked how all the characters, "good" and "bad," felt like real people you might find anywhere.
 
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Story of a very sweet personality. I would not have read this book on my own, as I was not into Little Women and all that, but I read it with a friend and now am very happy to have made Agnes' acquaintance via the written word.
 
Nov. 7, 2013
I thought Agnes Grey was a wonderful story of independence and love.
 
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First read by this author. Liked the tone and straightforward nature of the story.
 
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Sept. 25, 2014
3.5 starsThe ending seemed a little sudden, although it was what I expected from this novel: a happy ending. I had expected Agnes to have more trouble with her governess work: her first family was horrible (the children were complete brats!) but the second wasn't bad at all (aside from the Lady of the house). I was also kind of surprised that she only worked for two families: the first for about a year and the second for 3-4 years.
 
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Jan. 11, 2017
Agnes is very sweet, but a little too goody-goody. That she's a preacher's daughter is never far from your mind reading her reactions to the world.
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