She read my mind. It’s about time that Fanny Price was appreciated.
I recently reread Mansfield Park for the first time since 2016 and found that many of my thoughts about the novel had changed. I’ve always liked it more than most other Austenites do (not trying to sound prideful or anything – it’s just the way my tastes go) but I found myself enjoying it even more this time around. I feel as though I’ve matured into it; it’s become a novel that speaks to me even more than it entertains.
I wanted to write a post defending Mansfield Park from some of its usual criticisms, while sharing why I love it as much as I do. It was hard to figure out a format though because Mansfield Park is such a dense read – there’s so much to discuss! I ended up deciding to list several of the most common complaints leveled against the book and its characters and…
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