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Please do not trouble yourself. You speak when you are spoken to. Would you excuse us, Miss Price? I am Maria Elizabeth Bertram. And I am Julia Frances Bertram. Mr Norris could no more tolerate.

But it might not be wise to have her. If you breed her up with them, though. I suppose there's truth to that.

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We must prepare ourselves. I've just persuaded Julia. But you girls must never be. Dining parlour through there. Conservatory there. Cellars there. I hope you don't tend toward sulkiness. Your mother had the inclination. Soon to be repaired if Tom could. The billiard room. Remember there is moderation. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security.

What a lot there is to like in this sentence. Four characters are invoked, two of whom are not really there, made present by their breakfast, the remnants of a scene that is implied but not depicted. No dialogue is necessary. Note the change in point of view after the semi-colon; as with Flaubert, the point of view of Mansfield Park moves fluidly and sometimes quite subtly. The scene is not really made visible — I have to fill in a lot to complete the still life, but that is imaginatively easy once Austen gives me the hooks.


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Austen is writing like Flaubert, not Zola. She is not going to describe everything.

But she describes a lot, far more than in the novels she had written previously Sense and Sensibility , Pride and Prejudice , and Northanger Abbey , and still quite a lot more than in the two she wrote subsequently Emma and Persuasion , although the unfinished Sanditon fragment makes me wonder if Austen was going to try the more dense approach again — see the amazing Shandian butter-and-toast passage.

Characters in Pride and Prejudice talk about each other; characters in Mansfield Park talk about apricots, cream cheeses, necklaces, whether the turkey needs to be cooked tonight, horses, who gets to sit in which seat of the carriage, and which child gets to play with the knife. That last one does not sound safe. Feel free to remind me of examples from other Austen novels. The toothpick-case from Sense and Sensibility , for example, or the pianoforte in Emma. An Austen reader might object, saying that he does not care about stuff in fiction, having plenty of that in his basement; that he hates Flaubert and is pained by the comparison; and that I have ignored everything that makes Mansfield Park so irritating.

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Of course, I know, I read book blogs. Mansfield Park was published on May 9, , so this is the bicentennial and lots of people are reading the novel and writing about it. Professional Mansfield Park expert Sarah Emsley is hosting an academic blog party with, eventually, many guest posts.

I hope someone is writing about those Cowper poems. I do love Mansfield Park for its "thickness," among other things, and I especially love that it complete illuminates a woman's social lot and risks, tossing one of the cousins up to the pinnacles of wealth and social status before casting her down into lifetime hell with her annoying aunt, Mrs. Norwood, her personal devil. That gamut is always there for Austen characters, but sometimes a character is reprieved from ignominy Lydia or manages to gain understanding over time. Past social pitfalls and other dangers walks Fanny, discerning what is under the surfaces of people and situations and attempting to abide by what she knows is moral and right and kindred to her own soul.

Yeah, that one character is punished in the worst way possible - a life with Mrs. Ha ha ha ha! I am as moralistic as Austen, laughing as the guilty are punished. Terrible, terrible, very un-Fanny-like. If I can get away from the apricots and cream cheeses, I may write a bit about Fanny Price's powerlessness, so central to the book, compared to the power some other women like her older cousin have - or like Emma Woodhouse has in the next novel.

I think you identify the bit of Austen the writer that is in Fanny Price. Fanny is perceptive, more perceptive than anyone around her. You have once again given me a different perspective for another reading of something I long ago encountered. What I remember most about Austen are the characters. Now -- at your instigation -- I shall have to think more about the details. Oddly enough, my favorite is Northanger Abbey; I enjoy the tongue-in-cheek if not completely successful spoofing of Gothic novels.

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It is almost as if Austen had anticipated what Monty Python would have done with the same material. How is that for bizarre hyperbole! Austen did the best job - how could you plan to do this - of making her books different enough that the "favorite" designation can reasonably applied to any of them. No, not different enough, what do I mean. Well, that will have to do. He knew the canon of "sensibility" novels inside-out and loved the clever parody.

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Most readers, including me, can barely even see it, since we have not read all that horrible stuff. Northanger Abbey has the greatest Spoiler Alert in literature: "Oh! I would not tell you what is behind the black veil for the world! Are not you wild to know? Yes, quite; what can it be? But do not tell me--I would not be told upon any account. I know it must be a skeleton, I am sure it is Laurentina's skeleton. I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it.

Having only read Northanger Abbey, and being delighted by its satire, I declare it Austen's best novel. You make the minutiae interesting, Tom, when all too often I am dealing with the Gestalt. I'm not going to argue against any of the other books. In A Contrary Wind , Manning manages to expertly balance the writing style of an Austen novel along with her own voice.

Mary Crawford debate so far. That trend continued on days four and five…. Remember that Mary rejoiced when Henry declared his love for Fanny, not only because Fanny would make him a sweet little wife, but because she valued Fanny. Lona: I have been accusing Mary of being insincere, of always having a hidden agenda with the things she says. But you praise her for being an honest person. She deceived Fanny about the origin of the necklace, hmmmm?