Monday 7 May 2012

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

"One evening, however, in the last week of the vacation, he arrived - unexpectedly; for a heavy and protracted thundershower during the afternoon had almost destroyed my hopes of seeing him that day; but now the storm was over, and the sun was shining brightly.
'A beautiful evening, Mrs Grey!' said he, as he entered. 'Agnes, I want you to take a walk with me to -' (he named a certain part of the coast - a bold hill on the land side, and towards the sea a steep precipice, from the summit of which a glorious view is to be had). 'The rain has laid the dust, and cooled and cleared the air, and the prospect will be magnificent. Will you come?' "

Agnes Grey written by Anne Bronte, published in 1847 under her pseudonym of Acton Bell.
I finished reading it last week - i really like Anne Bronte's writing in how it reveals the positioning of a governess socially, class structures and the different education for girls and boys. It's got a few nice weather quotes in it too, which i'll write up properly when i get time.


  1. Thanks Rebecca,
    I am following you!
    I read Agnes Grey many years ago. Its a book one should read twice.. In fact all the Bronte work is amazing.
    You will be working hard on your project i believe.
    kind regards val

  2. Reading over your entries for the past months makes me want to go back and read through the Brontë novels again to see their references to weather. (Although I'm embarrassed to say I have never read "Agnes Grey" or "Tenant of Wildfell Hall" ... but I hope to remedy that this summer. You've inspired me!)

  3. wishing you all the best for your project on the 3rd Rebecca. I wish i could have been able to attend and see it.
    You have put a lot into the project. good luck.