Read for Librivox by Libby Gohn. 7 hours and 3 minutes.
I read Agnes Grey in mid-October. Almost immediately after reading it I decided that it would be great to listen to on audio book. (Can you tell I got attached to the characters?!) I am glad I did. It was great fun to hop back into the story. I don't quite understand people who don't reread books. Why make friends with characters if you never go back to hang out with them again?!
Premise/plot: Agnes Grey is a young woman who challenges herself to
leave home and become a governess. Her family needs income, true, but
her parents are not telling her to work or even wanting her to work. The
Bloomfields are her first family and the Murrays are her second.
Neither situation is ideal.
The Bloomfield children are out-of-control. Master Tom and Mary Ann rule
the schoolroom and they know it. Agnes Grey has been given no authority
to discipline the children. The parents expect her to rule without
power or authority. Any misstep, any fault, any misbehavior--no matter
how big or small--is her fault by default. She shouldn't call herself a
governess if she can't manage naughty children. She learns quickly not
to run to the parents with tales of misbehavior OR even with pleas for
support. She'll receive no support from either parent. She doesn't last
long at this first job, though the fact that she lasts more than a month
or two says something about her fortitude.
While staying with the Murrays, Agnes Grey meets a curate, Edward
Weston. These two occasionally speak with one another. What little she
knows about him is enough to warm her heart and make her giddy. She
doesn't hope that he like-likes her in return. But she has heart-eyes
for him for sure.
Will Agnes Grey remain in the schoolroom for ever? Do governesses ever get happily ever after endings?
My thoughts: I loved, loved, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this one. Agnes Grey is
a true kindred spirit. And her ideals are my ideals. I too would find
Edward Weston swoon-worthy. She's a good woman who often finds herself
in difficult circumstances. She has strong values, strong morals, strong
beliefs. She knows right from wrong. She believes that children should
be trained--disciplined. Boys and girls need to learn right from wrong,
need to have their behavior corrected, need to apologize when they've
misbehaved, need to learn kindness and compassion, need to take
responsibility for what they say and do.
One of my favorite characters is Nancy Brown, a poor cottager that
receives visits from Agnes Grey and Mr. Weston. Both read Scripture to
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