"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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