By Anne Brontë
Whilst her kinfolk turns into impoverished after a disastrous monetary hypothesis, Agnes gray determines to discover paintings as a governess that allows you to give a contribution to their meagre source of revenue and assert her independence. yet Agnes' enthusiasm is quickly extinguished as she struggles first with the unmanageable Bloomfield youngsters after which with the painful disdain of the haughty Murray kin; the one kindness she gets comes from Mr Weston, the sober younger curate. Drawing on her personal adventure, Anne Bronte's first novel bargains a compelling own standpoint at the determined place of single, proficient ladies for whom changing into a governess used to be the one first rate profession open in Victorian society.
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Mrs. Touchett replies: 舠Do with her? You talk as if she were a yard of calico. I shall do absolutely nothing with her, and she herself will do everything she chooses. She gave me notice of that舡 (p. 58). Of course, the problem is that most everyone will see Isabel, in one way or other, as something to be collected or admired舒more or less as a yard of calico, albeit an extraordinary one. Everyone in the novel is an aesthete, a collector or pursuer of beauty. Osmond and Madame Merle have beautiful collections of precious little objets d舖art; they are both curators of their own houses, though as artists they舗re dilettantes, he a painter and she a pianist, neither of them terribly serious.
He lost nothing, in truth, by these wandering glances, for she was better worth looking at than most works of art. 舡 (page 236) Š 舠Don舗t question your conscience so much舒it will get out of tune like a strummed piano. 舡 (page 237) Š Nothing could be happier, in general, than to seem dazzling, but she had a perverse unwillingness to glitter by arrangement. 舡 (page 272) Š She had turned away, but in the movement she had stopped herself and dropped her gaze upon him. The two remained a while in this situation, exchanging a long look舒the large, conscious look of the critical hours of life.
Both words also augur doom. If, as Edel argues, America is an Eden, then a fall will come, as surely as a girl will become a woman or die. The phrase 舠American girl舡 also carries with it a hint of contradiction, a fight between the two words: While an American is liberated, a girl is subject to all kinds of boundaries and limits. 舠American girl,舡 then, is a phrase that conjures a story, a cheerful two words that together gather storm clouds. American girls are doubly doomed among the limits of European society; an American girl going to Europe is a pure white lamb bound to be ruined.