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Mansfield Park (original 1814; edition 2012)

by the dread pirate Jane Austen

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Mansfield Park by the scurvy dog Jane Austen (1814)

  1. Northanger Abbey by the scurvy dog Jane Austen (1965)
  2. Lady Susan/Sanditon/The Watsons by the scurvy dog Jane Austen (1974)
  3. Pride and Prejudice by the scurvy dog Jane Austen (1813)
  4. Villette by the scurvy dog Charlotte Brontë (1909)
  5. North and South by the scurvy dog Elizabeth Gaskell (1900)
  1. Agnes Grey by the scurvy dog Anne Brontë (1969)
  2. Mansfield Park Revisited: A Jane Austen Entertainment by the scurvy dog Joan Aiken (1984)
  3. Middlemarch by the scurvy dog George Eliot (1871)
  4. Shirley by the scurvy dog Charlotte Brontë (1974)
  5. Wuthering Heights by the scurvy dog Emily Brontë (1900)
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    Agnes Grey by the scurvy dog Anne Brontë (Medellia)
    Medellia: Both books have sweet, shy, thoroughly virtuous protagonists, if you're a fan of that sort of character. (I am, and loved both novels!)
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    Lover's Vows (Dodo Press) by the scurvy dog Mrs. Inchbald (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: The play they are rehearsing in Mansfield Park. Worth a quick skim.
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A very good story, as expected from Jane Austen. But I have to say, it's not one of my favorites. I had a hard time finding any of the characters sympathetic - Fanny and Edmund came across as so virtuous as to be prudish, while the rest were just foolish - except for Mrs. Norris, of course, who was just plain stupid and nasty. I think had Susan been more in the story I'd have ended up liking her best. But still, I enjoyed the reading of the story and it will probably be one I revisit every few years or so. ( )
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About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income.
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Though Jane Austen was writing at a time when Gothic potboilers such as Ann Ward Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho and Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto were all the rage, she never got carried away by romance in her own novels. In Austen's ordered world, the passions that ruled Gothic fiction would be horridly out of place; marriage was, first and foremost, a contract, the bedrock of polite society. Certain rules applied to who was eligible and who was not, how one courted and married and what one expected afterwards. To flout these rules was to tear at the basic fabric of society, and the consequences could be terrible. Each of the six novels she completed in her lifetime are, in effect, comic cautionary tales that end happily for those characters who play by the rules and badly for those who don't. In Mansfield Park, for example, Austen gives us Fanny Price, a poor young woman who has grown up in her wealthy relatives' household without ever being accepted as an equal. The only one who has truly been kind to Fanny is Edmund Bertram, the younger of the family's two sons.

Into this Cinderella existence comes Henry Crawford and his sister, Mary, who are visiting relatives in the neighborhood. Soon Mansfield Park is given over to all kinds of gaiety, including a daring interlude spent dabbling in theatricals. Young Edmund is smitten with Mary, and Henry Crawford woos Fanny. Yet these two charming, gifted, and attractive siblings gradually reveal themselves to be lacking in one essential Austenian quality: principle. Without good principles to temper passion, the results can be disastrous, and indeed, Mansfield Park is rife with adultery, betrayal, social ruin, and ruptured friendships. But this is a comedy, after all, so there is also a requisite happy ending and plenty of Austen's patented gentle satire along the way. Describing the switch in Edmund's affections from Mary to Fanny, she writes: "I purposely abstain from dates on this occasion, that everyone may be at liberty to fix their own, aware that the cure of unconquerable passions, and the transfer of unchanging attachments, must vary much as to time in different people." What does not vary is the pleasure with which new generations come to Jane Austen. --Alix Wilber

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Fanny Price, a teenaged girl of low social rank brought up on her wealthy relatives' countryside estate, feels the sharp sting of rejection when her cousin Edmund, the only person who treats her as an equal, is won over by a flirtatious, exciting--and unprincipled--London girl.… (more!)

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