'''''Agnes Grey''''' is a 1847 novel written by Anne Brontė, the least well-known Brontė sister. Her first novel, it told the story of her own experience as a governess. The main character, Agnes, is the daughter of a minister who loses his money. She gets one of the only jobs available to women at the time, being a governess for rich families. The book recounts realistically what a governess had to put up with at the time.
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!!Tropes related to the book:

* AttentionWhore: Rosalie Murray
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Agnes ponders this trope a lot.
* {{Bratty Half Pint}}s
* CharacterTitle
* CreepyChild: Tom Bloomfield loves torturing baby birds and small animals... and then his parents get mad at Agnes for interfering with their son's fun!
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Agnes
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Rosalie Murray prevents Agnes from seeing her PrinceCharming Mr. Weston by giving her too much work to do.
* EmotionlessGirl: Agnes ''has'' to become this in order to survive being in charge of the 3 sociopathic Bloomfield children.
* FallenPrincess: Agnes's mother; possibly a RebelliousPrincess since she fell of her own free will in order to marry her husband.
* TheHedonist: Tom Bloomfield is a young, violent version; Rosalie Murray is an older, more devious version. Rich, aloof parents in general seem determined to raise their children to be this by never disciplining them and refusing to permit anyone else to.
* HopelessSuitor: [[spoiler:Mr. Hatfield]] for Rosalie Murray
* {{Hurting Hero}}ine
* {{Hypocrite}}: Mr. Hatfield, the Horton rector
* KickTheDog: We know Mr. Hatfield is no truly pious Christian because he kicks Nancy's cat and Agnes' dog. Mr. Weston, on the other hand, treats said cat and dog quite tenderly and even rescues each of them once.
* TheLadette: Matilda Murray, which, needless to say given the setting, does not go over well for her.
* LoveHurts
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]]: Rosalie Murray, bordering on TheVamp.
* MarryForLove: Agnes tries to get Rosalie Murray to accept this; she fails.
* NamesTheSame: [[Literature/MansfieldPark Sir Thomas]] and [[Literature/{{Emma}} Mr. Weston]]... now [[Creator/JaneAusten who do we know]] who has used both those names before?
* NiceToTheWaiter: Mr. Weston doesn't treat Agnes like she's invisible just because she's a governess.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Rosalie Murray's marriage to [[spoiler:Sir Thomas Ashby]].
* ParentalMarriageVeto: The backstory and a running plot thread: when Agnes's mother chose to marry a poor parson, she was disowned by her father (despite annual visits with her daughters to her childhood home, they never even saw him).
* ThePollyanna: Agnes keeps her pluckiness through the entire book, despite all the crap she puts up with.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: The preface for her second novel (''Literature/TheTenantOfWildfellHall'') mentions that "...the story of ‘Agnes Grey’ was accused of extravagant over-colouring in those very parts that were carefully copied from the life, with a most scrupulous avoidance of all exaggeration..."
* RichBitch: Rosalie Murray -- how else would you describe a girl who has every man in town except one wrapped around her finger, and not only determines to make that one want her despite not caring the least bit about him, but deliberately strives to keep a girl she knows has genuine feelings for him from getting to see him?
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: After Mr. Grey's death, his wife receives a letter from her father telling her she can come back and her daughters will be heiresses if she will just say that she regrets marrying. All three Grey women (she would have done it had her daughters wanted the money) tell him to go to hell.
* {{Spoiled Brat}}s: All of the children she ends up being a governess to.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Matilda and Rosalie Murray
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside
* TwoWordsObviousTrope - Rosalie Murray, about Mr Weston: "I can give you his description in three words ... an insensate, ugly, stupid blockhead. That's four, but no matter ..." ([[TheDitz That's actually five words.]])
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: Rosalie Murray thinks she has Mr. Weston wrapped around her finger as securely as every man in town, but Agnes is the one who he walks to the carriage with his umbrella.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Agnes and Edward Weston [[spoiler: They do, after falling out of touch for a spell.]]
* WriteWhoYouKnow

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