Agnes Grey, the pious, sheltered daughter of a clergyman. She takes employment as a governess when her family’s financial situation becomes desperate.
Richard Grey, Agnes’ father, a poor person who loses his patrimony in a disastrous speculation.
Mrs. Grey, Agnes’ mother.
Mary Grey, Agnes’ sister.
Mrs. Bloomfield, mistress of Wellwood. Agnes’ first employer, she is convinced that her incorrigible children, Agnes’ charges, are angels.
Mary Bloomfield, and
Fanny Bloomfield, Agnes’ arrogant, disobedient charges.
Mr. Bloomfield, the stern father of Tom, Mary Ann, and Fanny. He blames Agnes when the children misbehave.
Uncle Robson, Mrs. Bloomfield’s brother. His encouragement of Tom’s cruel behavior brings forth a protest from Agnes and causes her dismissal.
Mrs. Murray, mistress of Horton Lodge, Agnes’ second employer.
Rosalie Murray, Agnes’ pretty, flirtatious charge at Horton Lodge. At sixteen, she is interested only in making a good match.
Matilda Murray, Agnes’ younger charge at Horton Lodge, who is interested only in horses.
Edward Weston, the pious, sincere curate at Horton Lodge. He later becomes Agnes’ husband.
Mr. Hatfield, the pompous rector of Horton and the rejected suitor of Rosalie Murray.
Harry Meltham, and
Mr. Green, suitors of Rosalie.
Sir Thomas Ashby
Sir Thomas Ashby, the wealthy, boorish owner of Ashby Park, with whom Rosalie makes an unhappy marriage.
Nancy Brown, an old widow at Horton visited by Agnes and Edward Weston during the development of their romance.