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Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
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Jun 14, 11

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Read from June 10 to 14, 2011

I found this book an enjoyable (and shockingly amusing) account of a governesses life, and perhaps a somewhat autobiographical account of Anne's own life. I have to admit, the parts I found to be the most enjoyable were those with the wretched misbehaving children. Her first, younger pupils were both mean and physically violent, and even find joy in torturing animals, while her next were simply silly and self-absorbed. I hate to say that the most interesting part was how bad the children were, and my interest declined a little with Agnes' romantics woes concerning the admirable (but quite boring) curate Mr. Weston. Also, Agnes was a little bland herself, but perhaps was meant to be. One could say the novel wasn’t really about Agnes, but represented a larger social problem of the time. But overall, it was a short and relatively easy read that details the daily duties of a governess (with some hopefully exaggerated accounts of evil rich kids) and a glimpse into an education system far different from our own.
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