0108 | Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte


Context: Finished this off in bed at my in-laws’ place near Cambridge, UK.

Nothing much to report here. This was an entirely predictable Bronte piece which, unlike her sisters, Anne doesn’t push as far as it could have gone.

Classic Bronte novels create characters that endure time because they are fully developed. This is so short that there’s really no depth to any of the characters except Agnes herself. Perhaps Anne was aware that she would die aged 29.

There’s an oppressed heroine and a long drawn-out love interest which culminates with her living happily ever after.

Did I spoil it for you?


All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity, that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut.

Our modest income is amply sufficient for our requirements: and by practising the economy we learnt in harder times, and never attempting to imitate our richer neighbours, we manage not only to enjoy comfort and contentment ourselves, but to have every year something to lay by for our children, and something to give to those who need it.

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