Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte

Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte

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Patience, Firmness, and Perseverance were my only weapons.

Agnes Grey was Anne Bronte's first novel and a poignant account of her own experience as a struggling governess, obliged to earn her living in one of the few ways open to an educated Victorian girl.

Agnes is not a romantic heroine such as those we find in the books of Anne's sisters Charlotte and Emily, but her story paints a more realistic picture of what happens when an intelligent, sensitive young woman has to endure months of isolation and frustration in an unsympathetic household that is not her home.

Anne Brontë was the youngest member of the Brontë literary family. Her novels, like those of her sisters, have become classics of English literature.