Excellent mise en scene and script. What a grueling ordeal for Agnes to go through, especially since, as a woman, her only value is in how much money she can bring the family through her talents or marriage. Her lack of other options is frightening. Great parallel plots with the chambermaid and the boy. The 18th century fad for prodigies would segue into the 19th century eugenics movement's idea of "innate" geniuses.