Mansfield Park by Jane AustenMansfield Park by Jane Austen

Mansfield Park

byJane AustenEditor1stWorld Library

Hardcover | May 15, 2005

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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. All Huntingdon exclaimed on the greatness of the match, and her uncle, the lawyer, himself, allowed her to be at least three thousand pounds short of any equitable claim to it. She had two sisters to be benefited by her elevation; and such of their acquaintance as thought Miss Ward and Miss Frances quite as handsome as Miss Maria, did not scruple to predict their marrying with almost equal advantage. But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them. Miss Ward, at the end of half a dozen years, found herself obliged to be attached to the Rev. Mr. Norris, a friend of her brother-in-law, with scarcely any private fortune, and Miss Frances fared yet worse. Miss Ward's match, indeed, when it came to the point, was not contemptible: Sir Thomas being happily able to give his friend an income in the living of Mansfield; and Mr. and Mrs. Norris began their career of conjugal felicity with very little less than a thousand a year. But Miss Frances married, in the common phrase, to disoblige her family, and by fixing On a lieutenant of marines, without education, fortune, or connexions, did it very thoroughly. She could hardly have made a more untoward choice. Sir Thomas Bertram had interest, which, from principle as well as pride - from a general wish of doing right, and a desire of seeing all that were connected with him in situations of respectability, he would have been glad to exert for the advantage of Lady Bertram's sister; but her husband's profession was such as no interest could reach; and before he had time to devise any other method of assisting them, an absolute breach between the sisters had taken place. It was the natural result of the conduct of each party, and such as a very imprudent marriage almost always produces. To save herself from useless remonstrance, Mrs. Price never wrote to her family on the subject till actually married. Lady Bertram, who was a woman of very tranquil feelings, and a temper remarkably easy and indolent, would have contented herself with merely giving up her sister, and thinking no more of the matter; but Mrs. Norris had a spirit of activity, which could not be satisfied till she had written a long and angry letter to Fanny, to point out the folly of her conduct, and threaten her with all its possible ill consequences. Mrs. Price, in her turn, was injured and angry; and an answer, which comprehended each sister in its bitterness, and bestowed such very disrespectful reflections on the pride of Sir Thomas as Mrs. Norris could not possibly keep to herself, put an end to all intercourse between them for a considerable period.
Title:Mansfield ParkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:572 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.44 inPublished:May 15, 2005Publisher:1st World Library - Literary SocietyLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! By far one of my favourite Austen novels. I just finished reading it yesterday and I was in awe of how amazing it was. Austen is incredibly witty and Fanny Price is one of her best characters. Highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amazing You will like it if you liked Emma
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story ♥ I remember buying this on sale for $5 in a bookstore; I was in a classical mood and I'm definitely glad I bought it!!! Reading Fanny's experiences brought to mind some of my own; we can both be very timid people, and I can relate to her views on the Crawfords. It's quite the tale of Regency manners and virtue as well.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a classic I bought this during my trip to the Philippines, started in on the plane ride back to Canada and finished it a few days later after coming home. I've recently been on an Austen-reading mood and this is the third book I've read from her. I realized halfway through the book that it was much longer than Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice but I was very much into the story. Some do not like Fanny Price due to her timid nature but I think she is a strong woman in her own way. One does not need to be loud or hot-headed to be strong. I found her strong moral standing and firmness in her beliefs quite admirable. Even when those around her, including Edmund, were kind of being blinded by other people. It's short of a 5-star review but I'm sure if I reread this in the future my review can change.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mansfield Park Fanny didn’t end up with the guy I wanted her with, but I love it anyway. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!` Another one of Jane Austin's great books!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but there is better This is not Austens Best work... but its still good!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this Not my fav austen but still good
Date published: 2016-11-08