2012 Book 121: Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte (8/8/2012)
Reason for Reading: Group read 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
When the Grey family begins to have financial problems, Agnes, a sheltered minister’s daughter, begins life as a governess. She is shocked and appalled by how she is treated and what miracles she is expected to achieve. This book is a social commentary on the treatment of governesses and unruly children. It also touches on the charms of marrying for love instead of money. It was a quick read, but rather unexceptional.