Agnes Grey, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

By Anne Brontë

The one one-volume hardcover version of the 2 uncommonly robust novels written by way of the youngest of the well-known Brontë sisters.
 
Anne Brontë wrote those superbly winning novels in advance of her tragically early loss of life, either one of them in a way more grittily reasonable mode than the extra romantic ones favourite by way of her sisters. Agnes gray, the tale of a governess operating for disdainful and vicious employers, is a wrenching account of the determined straits confronted by means of Victorian ladies with no cash or husband. The Tenant of Wildfell corridor tells a narrative that used to be stunning for its time: a lady leaves her alcoholic and abusive husband with a purpose to guard their younger son and needs to reside in hiding to avoid the legislations from taking her baby clear of her. those novels became classics not just by way of dint of the delicate and ironic strength of Anne Brontë's prose yet as a result passionate indictments of social injustice that animate them.

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That’s all nonsense, my dear—It’s mere boy’s talk that! ’ ‘Then, you must fall each into your proper place. You’ll do your business, and she, if she’s worthy of you, will do hers; but it’s your business to please yourself, and hers to please you. I’m sure your poor, dear father was as good a husband as ever lived, and after the first six months or so were over, I should as soon have expected him to fly, as to put himself out of his way to pleasure me. ’ Is it so, Halford? Is that the extent of your domestic virtues; and does your happy wife exact no more?

You had all had a peep at this wonderful stranger, but me, and I could endure my wretched ignorance no longer — come what would, I must be satisfied; so I begged Rose to go with me to the hall, and introduce me to her at once. ’ suggested Eliza, disregarding the latter half of the speech. ’ So we went all in a body; and the meagre old maidservant, that opened the door, ushered us into an apartment, such as Rose had described to me as the scene of her first introduction to Mrs Graham, a tolerably spacious and lofty room, but obscurely lighted by the old-fashioned windows, the ceiling, panels, and chimney-piece of grim black oak—the latter elaborately, but not very tastefully carved,— with tables and chairs to match, an old bookcase on one side of the fireplace, stocked with a motley assemblage of books, and an elderly cabinet piano on the other.

At one time it was— ‘It amazes me, Mrs Graham, bow you could choose such a dilapidated, ricketty old place as this to live in. fashioned place—but indeed, it has many advantages over a cottage—in the first place, you see, the rooms are larger and more airy; in the second place, the unoccupied apartments, which I don’t pay for, may serve as lumber-rooms, if I have anything to put in them; and they are very useful for my little boy to run about in on rainy days when he can’t go out; and then, there is the garden for him to play in, and for me to work in.

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