Agnes Grey, Anne Brontë

This is definitely a Brontë book. Agnes Grey (a minister’s daughter) is well-educated but her family meets financial troubles; she becomes a governess and numerous hijinx ensue; and everything works out for the best.

I like Agnes a fair amount – she’s pretty naive and proper, but that’s okay because she’s willing to kill a bunch of birds to make a point. She never really changes, though. She’s just there, governessing, and then eventually everything works out for her. There’s a bit of transformation in the beginning of the book, when she goes to her first post as a governess, but little afterward. Some of the other characters (Rosalie, specifically) change and grow, but I think the novel would’ve benefited from a bit more growth from Agnes.

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