By Anne Brontë

ISBN-10: 1593083238

ISBN-13: 9781593083236

Written while women—and staff generally—had few rights in England, Agnes Grey exposes the brutal inequities of the inflexible classification approach in mid-nineteenth century Britain. Agnes comes from a decent middle-class family members, yet their monetary reverses have compelled her to hunt paintings as a governess. Pampered and guarded at domestic, she is unprepared for the cruel fact of a governess’s existence. on the Bloomfields and later the Murrays, she suffers lower than the snobbery and sadism of the egocentric, self-indulgent upper-class adults and the shrieking insolence in their spoiled little ones. Worse, the original social and financial place of a governess—“beneath” her employers yet “above” their servants—condemns her to a lifetime of loneliness.

Less celebrated than her older sisters Charlotte and Emily, Anne Bronte was once additionally much less drawn to spinning wildly symbolic, romantic stories and extra made up our minds to attract sensible photographs of stipulations in Victorian England that want altering. whereas Charlotte’s Jane Eyre encompasses a governess who finally and improbably marries her company, Agnes Grey bargains with the particular reports of middle-class operating girls, reports Anne had herself persisted in the course of her hateful tenure as a governess.

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This double imperative took form in good deeds that were to be accomplished not with a view toward laying up capital in Heaven, but rather as an act of worship. Anne舗s universalist convictions led her to believe that perhaps the greatest work we could do on earth was to have as much faith in the possibility of salvation for each and every one of us as does God; through our own humble efforts, any soul might be saved. Here, then, are the roots of Agnes舗s quiet, almost stoic perseverance. Time and time again Agnes sees the essential immoral dimensions of conduct that others view as socially acceptable or even desirable; time and time again she speaks her mind, though no one will listen.

1847 Charlotte舗s novel The Professor is rejected for publication. Her second novel, Jane Eyre, is published in October by Smith, Elder and Co. under her pseudonym, Currer Bell, to immediate success. Emily舗s Wuthering Heights and Anne舗s Agnes Grey are published in December by Thomas Cautley Newby under their respective pseudonyms, Ellis and Acton Bell. 舡 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is published by Newby, under the name Acton Bell. Its immense popularity triggers speculation about the novel舗s mysterious authorship, prompting Charlotte and Anne to travel to London to disclose to the former舗s publisher their true identities.

Agnes Grey ISBN-13: 1-978-59308-323-6 ISBN-10: 1-59308-323-8 eISBN : 978-1-411-43172-0 LC Control Number 2005923977 Š Produced and published in conjunction with: Fine Creative Media, Inc. 322 Eighth Avenue New York, NY 10001 Š Michael J. Fine, President and Publisher Š Printed in the United States of America Š QM 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 Š FIRST PRINTING Anne Brontȵ Anne Brontȵ was born on January 17, 1820, into one of English literature舗s most remarkable families. The youngest of Patrick and Maria Branwell Brontȵ舗s six children, Anne was only a year old when her mother became ill with cancer.

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