Agnes Grey (Penguin Classics) revolves around a family that becomes impoverished after a financial breakdown. The central character in the novel is Agnes Grey, who is determined to find work as a governess and help her family by working her way out. The storyline portrays the hurdles that Agnes faces because of the unmanageable Bloomfield children and again due to the apathy of the arrogant Murray family. The only person with any good will is Mr Weston. She is neither a member of the family nor a servant and faces much difficulty in her job as a governess.
Agnes Grey is the author’s first novel and is based on her own experiences. This book shows the desperation of unmarried, educated women to whom becoming a governess was the only respectable career in Victorian society.
Agnes Grey (Penguin Classics) was published by Penguin UK in 1989 and is available in the form of a paperback.