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A novel by A. Brontë, published 1847. It is the story of a rector's daughter who takes service as a governess, first with the Bloomfield family, whose undisciplined children are described as ‘tigers' cubs’, and then with the Murrays, where the conduct of her eldest charge, Rosalie, a heartless coquette, is contrasted with her own modest and gentle behaviour. Rosalie marries ambitiously and unhappily, but Agnes is happily united with Mr Weston, the curate, the only one to have shown kindness in her days of servitude.

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Anne Brontë (1820—1849) novelist and poet