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A young governess is forced to rely on her wits as she navigates a stormy sea of experience. Agnes Gray's father puts the family fortunes into jeopardy when he makes an ill-advised investment. Agnes is determined to help out and takes on the daunting task of minding the four children of a prosperous family. Not knowing much of the life of a governess, Agnes quickly realizes that she may have signed up for a world of trouble. Her young charges have a knack for wreaking havoc, and their parents are oblivious to their trouble-making. Leaving her nightmarish first job, Agnes hopes to find a better position with a second wealthy family. Unfortunately, she is not much better off, with spoiled and unpleasant children to corral once again. In the midst of her unhappiness, Agnes finds a ray of hope in the form of a relationship with a young local curate named Edward Weston. Agnes weathers the storm, supported by her love for Edward. However, once her charges grow up, she must return to her far away home to help her mother, now widowed. Will Agnes ever see Edward again? Has she paid her dues and earned a happy ending?
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All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity, that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut. Whether this be the case with my history or not, I am hardly competent to ...Back to top
Reviewed by loupea on Apr 5, 2013
First Anne Bronte read
First read by this author. Liked the tone and straightforward nature of the story.
Reviewed by jngrl7 on Jan 19, 2010
I thought Agnes Grey was a wonderful story of independence and love.
Reviewed by emiletic on Oct 15, 2009
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.
Reviewed by karen.giangreco on Jan 9, 2009
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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