Category Archives: Mansfield Park

Men of large fortune

“But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.” Mansfield Park, volume 1, chapter 1 Oh, how true!

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The ‘thoroughly benevolent’ Mrs. Norris

Horrible Mrs. Norris! “Mrs. Norris had not the least intention of being at any expense whatever in [Fanny’s] maintenance.  As far as walking, talking, and contriving reached, she was thoroughly benevolent, and nobody knew better how to dictate liberality to … Continue reading

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Can money make a man smart?

Apparently so! “If this man had not twelve thousand a year, he would be a very stupid fellow.” What Edmund Bertram thinks to himself about Mr. Rushworth Mansfield Park, volume 1, chapter 4

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Provided she could marry well…

“Miss Crawford was glad to find a family of such consequence so very near them, and not at all displeased either at her sister’s early care, or the choice it had fallen on.  Matrimony was her object, provided she could … Continue reading

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Marrying properly

“I would have everybody marry if they can do it properly; I do not like to have people throw themselves away; but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage.” Mary Crawford Mansfield Park, volume 1, … Continue reading

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For the love of Pewter

“People are more ready to borrow & praise, than to buy–which I cannot wonder at;–but tho’ I like praise as well as anybody, I like what Edward calls Pewter too.” to her niece Fanny Knight, on whether or not there … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Mansfield Park

I was debating about whether to post this now or wait until Sunday, but my thoughts on Mansfield Park have been posted over on the PBS.org blog, Remotely Connected.  I was thrilled to be asked to do this.  Check it … Continue reading

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The transfer of unchanging attachments

“I purposely abstain from dates on this occasion, that every one 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 … Continue reading

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On being taken in … er, getting married

“Everybody is taken in at some period or other. . . . In marriage especially . . . there is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry.  Look where I will, … Continue reading

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Heaven’s last best gift

“I am of a cautious temper, and unwilling to risk my happiness in a hurry.  Nobody can think more highly of the matrimonial state than myself.  I consider the blessing of a wife as most justly described in those discreet … Continue reading

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