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By Anne Brontë

Written while women—and staff generally—had few rights in England, Agnes Grey exposes the brutal inequities of the inflexible type procedure in mid-nineteenth century Britain. Agnes comes from a decent middle-class relations, yet their monetary reverses have compelled her to hunt paintings as a governess. Pampered and guarded at domestic, she is unprepared for the cruel truth 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 kids. Worse, the original social and fiscal 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 decided to attract sensible pictures of stipulations in Victorian England that desire altering. whereas Charlotte’s Jane Eyre includes a governess who ultimately and improbably marries her organization, Agnes Grey offers with the particular reports of middle-class operating girls, stories Anne had herself continued in the course of her hateful tenure as a governess.

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Anne could not have known this at first, but she was receiving excellent training to be a governess, learning music, drawing, and even Latin along with more general studies in literature, history, and geography. Another key event in their lives was the seemingly inauspicious arrival of a set of toy soldiers purchased by Patrick in 1826. The eldest children, Charlotte and Branwell, apparently soon began transforming the figures into favorite semi-historical characters and inventing plays and tales involving them; the youngest, Emily and Anne, were brought in on the game as well.

Another key event in their lives was the seemingly inauspicious arrival of a set of toy soldiers purchased by Patrick in 1826. The eldest children, Charlotte and Branwell, apparently soon began transforming the figures into favorite semi-historical characters and inventing plays and tales involving them; the youngest, Emily and Anne, were brought in on the game as well. The writings developed over time into a remarkable series of extended prose manuscripts relating to a fictional kingdom called Glasstown, which the children located at the mouth of the Niger in Africa.

At home there was, perhaps, the distraction of what may have been affectionate attentions from her father舗s curate, William Weightman, though there is now no way to know how serious he might have been or how she may have responded. But even if she were attracted to him, Anne was never one to shirk responsibility: By May 1840 she was on her way to the family of Reverend Edmund Robinson at Thorp Green, near York, where she would remain until the summer of 1845. ) At the beginning no happier there than in her first post, over the years Anne seems to have become close to the Robinson children, and she remained in contact with the elder girls even after she left the house.

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