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Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
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Nov 05, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: abandoned
Read in November, 2008

I abandoned this one just short of 100 pages. Watching Agnes try to feel her way around as a novice governess was interesting for a while, but I soon grew tired of her ineffectiveness with her charges and her entirely blaming her failures on other people. It's not that she's unlikable, it's just that she's not nearly as heroic as she seems to think she is.

It's also telling when the most exciting part I read was a quickly-resolved question about whether or not Agnes gets to go home for Christmas. If I'm going to read about governesses, I at least want a sinister housekeeper, a locked room in a forbidden section of the house, and some romantic tension with the master of the place.
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