By Anne Brontë
Written whilst womenand employees generallyhad few rights in England, Agnes Grey exposes the brutal inequities of the inflexible type approach in mid-nineteenth century Britain. Agnes comes from a good middle-class relations, yet their monetary reverses have pressured her to hunt paintings as a governess. Pampered and guarded at domestic, she is unprepared for the cruel truth of a governess’s lifestyles. on the Bloomfields and later the Murrays, she suffers less 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 financial place of a governessbeneath” her employers yet above” their servantscondemns her to a lifetime of loneliness.
Less celebrated than her older sisters Charlotte and Emily, Anne Bronte was once additionally much less attracted to spinning wildly symbolic, romantic stories and extra made up our minds to attract practical photos of stipulations in Victorian England that desire altering. whereas Charlotte’s Jane Eyre encompasses a governess who finally and improbably marries her corporation, Agnes Grey offers with the particular reviews of middle-class operating ladies, stories Anne had herself persisted in the course of her hateful tenure as a governess.
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She was at the time of her leaving Roe Head just about to turn eighteen, but despite her place as the 舠baby舡 of the family, she evidently was quite determined to go off and earn her own keep. The family record was not encouraging: At this time, Emily had only recently returned from a short engagement as a governess; Charlotte had several times gone off to teach and come back as well. What was it, then, that drove Anne at this age to seek employment as a governess? Patrick now was sixty-two, quite an elderly man by the standards of the day, and with three daughters and a wayward son in his household, he must have worried ceaselessly about the future.
Following years of alcohol abuse and illness, Branwell Brontȵ dies in September at age thirty-one. InDecember, Emily Brontȵ dies of tuberculosis after a short illness; she and her brother are buried at Haworth. Elizabeth Gaskell舗s Mary Barton and William Makepeace Thackeray舗s Vanity Fair are published. 1849 Weakened and ill, Anne is diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis. Despite Charlotte舗s protestations, she arranges to visit Scarborough. Accompanied by Charlotte and family friend Ellen Nussey, Anne uses her inheritance to lodge at the resort hotel and spa she first visited with the Robinsons.
Weston seal their faith and their love in a marriage that signals the promise not only of individual happiness, but also of hope for the redemption of the whole community. It is a sign of Brontȵ舗s quiet power in the novel that even in our secular age we can share in their joy. Fred Schwarzbach serves as Associate Dean and teaches in the General Studies Program of New York University. He is the author of Dickens and the City, the editor of Victorian Artists and the City and Dickens舗s American Notes, a contributor to the Oxford Reader舗s Companion to Dickens, and the author of scores of articles, essays, and reviews on Victorian life and letters.