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a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)

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Just as women who have been seduced are often driven into poverty and from there into prostitution, Austen strongly suggests that the law's treatment of women who cannot or choose not to marry drives many of them into poverty, misery, and degradation, whether they live as spinsters, as governesses, or as prostitutes.
Solodiankina initially avoids all mention of governesses and instead outlines cultural theories concerning acculturation, culture shock, integration, and so on.
Like Andreev, Solodiankina is careful to examine the question of nationality, in this case the question of which governesses should be regarded as "foreign.
Among the better-known Victorian fictional governesses, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (1847), Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey (1847), and the main character of Henry James's much later Turn of the Screw (1898) tell the story of the governess's humiliations at the hands of condescending employers, sneering servants, and malicious pupils from the governess's point of view.
The census of 1861 numbers 24,770 governesses in England, and the British Library catalog includes hundreds of titles under the subject heading "governess," including novels, memoirs, advice books, and diaries, testament to a contrary fascination with a seemingly mundane and predictable figure of middle-class female labor.
In fact, governesses had such potency as imagined agents of harsh discipline and domestic disruption that they could be exploited by other women in a household, however playfully, to secure children's loyalty.
In effect, the foreignness of Le Fanu's governesses forestalls their ultimate loyalty to any local "politics," domestic or national.
In terms of Le Fanu's construction of the governess, the stories offer an explicit rationale for the "Frenchwoman's" cruelty to the Countess, for her allegiance to her male employer, and for her ultimate betrayal of all of her "superiors": this rationale informs Le Fanu's later explicit characterizations of governesses.
In effect, Jameson blames mothers who befriend their governesses for problems that follow, the "temptation to obliquity, the deterioration of character which gradually creeps on in consequence.
material for domestic tragedy as any number of oppressed governesses.
Kathryn Hughes surmises that the European revolutions of the late 1840s prompted French, Italian, and German emigrations and cites the census, which notes 1,408 foreign governesses working in England in 1861.
Admittedly, there have been other great Hollywood governesses cut from the same lace: Joan Fontaine as Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Deborah Kerr as Anna in The King and I or as the mysterious Miss Madrigal in Chalk Garden.
Women's relationship to the home and to homelessness occupies the last third of this book; the essays demonstrate what this meant to Flora Tristan, the Saint-Simoniennes, domestic servants and governesses in literature.
5) Despite the hopes of many Victorians, as of 1851 at least one wife in four and two single women (or widows) in three remained part of the workforce--as milliners, dressmakers, shopkeepers, innkeepers, governesses, and teachers.