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.


  1. Karin says

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

  2. 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.

  3. Bobby says

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

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