"Whether she was a distressed member of the gentry or social upstart, the governess also reflected a new social fluidity, at once both dynamic and destabilizing. She was a reminder that, in this brave new world, one could go up - but also down - the social ladder with startling rapidity. 'Reader, I married him,' Jane Eyre triumphantly asserts - words that would have filled the average Victorian mistress of the house with dread for the safety of her son."
The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse - Piu Marie Eatwell · Jennifer D.
Governesses are here to steal your heirs! · Jennifer D.
(The author contrasts this with 'gentleman,' which was undergoing a similar, if less fraught, transformation from conferring respectability, to something which could mean manners, breeding, dandy-ism, or any of those together.) · Jennifer D.
To be fair, there are at least three governesses 1/3 of the way into the book, and one of them has stolen an heir and another is really shifty, so there you go. · Jennifer D.
The hand that rocks the cradle... · Meg Vmeg
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