All Things Austen, Part 2
Uncategorized / April 7, 2018

And so we continue our heart-pounding rush through the world of Austen with…. Mansfield Park OK, the only Austen that everyone hates. (Well, almost everyone.) Fanny Price, at 10 years old, is sent to live with her rich relatives to acquire some education and, eventually, a suitable marriage (provided it isn’t higher than her rank – we can’t all be the most important people). I actually liked Fanny very much, aside from her name, which I would only wish on my enemies. Although she is the polar opposite of Emma Woodhouse (perhaps we shouldn’t have read them in such close conjunction) she possesses her own kind of virtue. Her humility, obedience and lack of grudge-holding towards her proud, selfish and sometimes cruel relatives shows the reader a part of her virtue, while the rest is shown in her struggles to stand her ground in the important matters. The main reason that this book my least favorite (just like everyone else on the planet) is because of Fanny’s cousin Edmund Bertram. He was the most annoying and undeserving guy ever. I have no idea why she loved him and I think he got far, far better than he deserved. Perhaps this…