Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Agnes Grey

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

Richard Grey, Agnes’ father, a poor person who loses his patrimony in a disastrous speculation.

Mrs. Grey

Mrs. Grey, Agnes’ mother.

Mary Grey

Mary Grey, Agnes’ sister.

Mrs. Bloomfield

Mrs. Bloomfield, mistress of Wellwood. Agnes’ first employer, she is convinced that her incorrigible children, Agnes’ charges, are angels.

Tom Bloomfield

Tom Bloomfield,

Mary Bloomfield

Mary Bloomfield, and

Fanny Bloomfield

Fanny Bloomfield, Agnes’ arrogant, disobedient charges.

Mr. Bloomfield

Mr. Bloomfield, the stern father of Tom, Mary Ann, and Fanny. He blames Agnes when the children misbehave.

Uncle Robson

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

Mrs. Murray, mistress of Horton Lodge, Agnes’ second employer.

Rosalie Murray

Rosalie Murray, Agnes’ pretty, flirtatious charge at Horton Lodge. At sixteen, she is interested only in making a good match.

Matilda Murray

Matilda Murray, Agnes’ younger charge at Horton Lodge, who is interested only in horses.

Edward Weston

Edward Weston, the pious, sincere curate at Horton Lodge. He later becomes Agnes’ husband.

Mr. Hatfield

Mr. Hatfield, the pompous rector of Horton and the rejected suitor of Rosalie Murray.

Harry Meltham

Harry Meltham, and

Mr. Green

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

Nancy Brown, an old widow at Horton visited by Agnes and Edward Weston during the development of their romance.