Friday Firsts: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

What is Friday Firsts?

The first line can make or break a reader’s interest. Just how well did the author pull you in to the story with their first sentence? To participate in this weekly book meme is extremely easy.

  • Grab the book you are currently reading and open to the first page.
  • Write down the first sentence in the first paragraph. (If you want to use 2-3 sentences, that is okay but limit it to the very beginning.)
  • Create a blog post with this information. (Make sure to include the title & author of the book you are using. Even an ISBN helps!)
  • Did this first sentence help draw you into the story? Why or why not?
  • Come back to this blog post, hosted on and let me know where to find your Friday Firsts!

That’s it

Here is my Friday Firsts:

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte 

All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity, that the dry, shriveled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut.

I absolutely adore the first sentence of Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. Such a beautiful start, this first sentence is worthy of being quoted. To me, that is always the sign of a true writer; when you want to take their words and repeat them. Although I am still reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, I cannot wait to start this classic, Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte.

Agnes Grey Book Summary:

Anne Bronte was a 19th century British novelist and poet. She and her sisters Charlotte and Emily were the best-known women writers of the 19th century. At age 19 she left home and worked as a governess for a few years before becoming a writer. Agnes Grey was an 1847 novel based on her experience as a governess. Bronte depicts the precarious position of a governess and how that can affect a young woman. Agnes was the daughter of a minister whose family was in financial difficulty. She has only a few choices for employment. Agnes experiences the difficulty of reining in spoiled children and how wealth can corrupt morals.



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  1. Alison says

    This was a cute book. Not nearly as daring as her next “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” but she is warming up to her feminist voice. Agnes deals with terrible children and a crafty, selfish flirt as a governess. The language is unhesitatingly clear and quite a bold take down of impropriety in the manner of young ladies.

  2. Bobby says

    This one has not only a beautiful start, it attracts quite an attention to the whole content.

  3. Karin says

    Anne Bronte became one of my favourite authors after this book.

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