Virtual Literary Salon: 'Agnes Grey' by Anne Brontë

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Virtual Literary Salon: 'Agnes Grey' by Anne Brontë

This novel about a governess draws heavily on Anne's own life.

By Marisa from Le Salon Literary Discussions

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Thu, Aug 31, 2023 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM PDT



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"...Anne Brontë wrote Agnes Grey in an effort to represent the many 19th Century women who worked as governesses and suffered daily abuse as a result of their position."

Plot summary: Having lost the family savings on risky investments, Richard Grey removes himself from family life and suffers a bout of depression. Feeling helpless and frustrated, his youngest daughter, Agnes, applies for a job as a governess to the children of a wealthy, upper-class, English family.

Ecstatic at the thought that she has finally gained control and freedom over her own life, Agnes arrives at the Bloomfield mansion armed with confidence and purpose. The cruelty with which the family treat her however, slowly but surely strips the heroine of all dignity and belief in humanity (Goodreads).

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