In contrary with a number of classic books from various authors that apply third-person narrations, ‘Agnes Grey’ surprisingly steals my heart with its first-person narration. I used not to read novels using first-person narrations because that seemed too easy. Besides, I thought authors who prefer using first-person narrations were unbalanced, meaning that they focused on one or two major characters. But ‘Agnes Grey’ proves me wrong.
While the character of Agnes Grey is very closely attached with Anne Bronte, the novelist can, too, voice other characters very well. I can wholly feel the arrogance of Miss Murray, the charisma of Mrs. Grey and imagine her situations in the Bloomfield family. I love how Anne Bronte depicts Agnes as a very consistent woman who defends her beliefs and values despite unfriendly circumstances, particularly while she teaches the Bloomfield children. The way she persists working as a governess despite failure with the Bloomfield family does not lessen her spirit to resume what she loves doing.
While I get used to read very thick novels with somber pitch, reading ‘Agnes Grey’, which less than 200 pages in the edition that I read, is such a refreshment. I shouldn’t always take the hardest way to enjoy life through literature. Not only the straight-forwarded plot with very few flashbacks that eases my reading process, the vivid description wrapped in lovely languages also makes the book is completely such a joy.
Although the book ends as many readers would expect, I salute Anne Bronte for her act of making it as normally romantic as possible. She puts her love life as important as her family affairs, her career, her pupils and the surrounding.
By the by, I adore the way Anne Bronte speaks so bold, cynical in the book. She gives critics to Miss Murray for her lavish life. She mocks the Bloomfield for their failures to teach their kids how to act civilly, control their tempers. She, too, highlights this issue when talking about Matilda who doesn’t even know how to behave like a girl should do.
The book really satisfies me. Not as striking as I feel with Thomas Hardy’s books but somehow ‘Agnes Grey’ is sufficient, especially in times when my current mood can be fluctuate at the moment. The perfect reading in turbulent times that lead for a constant scene.
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