Agnes Grey

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction
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"Agnes Grey" is the story of its title character who takes up a position as a governess. Anne Bronte's first novel was based on her own experiences as a governess and depicts the loneliness and isolation of the position. Agnes Grey as governess of the Bloomfield and Murray households experiences hardship and humiliation as a result of the families' snobbery. "Agnes Grey is" as much an autobiographical account of Bronte's own experiences as it is an indictment of the shallowness of the upper class.
 

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a realistic & plain love story. - LibraryThing
Agnes Grey lacks character development and plot. - LibraryThing
I had a hard time with Ann Brontes writing style. - LibraryThing
I enjoyed the writing style very much. - LibraryThing
The plot is a familiar one. - LibraryThing
Poor Anne was obviously writing from experience. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - jmoncton - LibraryThing

This was an enjoyable book to read, but I found the plot to be predictable and the characters seemed stereotyped and flat. The plot is a familiar one. A pastor's family falls into financial troubles ... Read full review

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User Review  - lisa.isselee - LibraryThing

a realistic & plain love story. The main character is normal and there isn't anything extravagant about the whole thing. Which makes this book a very nice read, it's a nice change to all the drama filled romance novels you find today. It was charming & wonderful. Read full review

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Contents

THE PARSONAGE
3
FIRST LESSONS IN THE ART OF INSTRUCTION
9
A FEW MORE LESSONS
13
THE GRANDMAMMA
20
THE UNCLE
24
THE PARSONAGE AGAIN
28
HORTON LODGE
31
THE COMING OUT
40
THE RECTOR
60
THE WALK
68
THE SUBSTITUTION
72
CONFESSIONS
74
MIRTH AND MOURNING
80
THE LETTER
85
THE FAREWELL
86
THE SCHOOL
89

THE BALL
41
THE CHURCH
44
THE COTTAGERS
46
THE SHOWER
54
THE PRIMROSES
56
THE VISIT
93
THE PARK
97
THE SANDS
99
CONCLUSION
103
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About the author (2004)

Anne Bronte was the daughter of an impoverished clergyman of Haworth in Yorkshire, England. Considered by many critics as the least talented of the Bronte sisters, Anne wrote two novels. Agnes Grey (1847) is the story of a governess, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), is a tale of the evils of drink and profligacy. Her acquaintance with the sin and wickedness shown in her novels was so astounding that Charlotte Bronte saw fit to explain in a preface that the source of her sister's knowledge of evil was their brother Branwell's dissolute ways. A habitue of drink and drugs, he finally became an addict. Anne Bronte's other notable work is her Complete Poems. Anne Bronte died in 1849.

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