Mansfield Park (novel)
Title page of the second edition (1816)
|Release date||July 1814|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Sequel to||Pride and Prejudice|
Mansfield Park is about a poor young girl named Fanny Price. When she was born, Fanny Price's parents did not have the money to take care of her. They sent her to Mansfield Park, the house of her aunt and uncle, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram. At Mansfield Park, Fanny grows up with her cousins Tom, Maria, Julia and Edmund Bertram. Only Edmund is kind to her. As they grow up, Edmund's kindness to Fanny makes her fall in love with him.
However, when Fanny's uncle goes away for business, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry come to the neighborhood. Henry clergyman. They put on a play called Lovers Vows that Fanny does not think Sir Thomas would like, so she does not join in. Just as they are trying to make her act, Sir Thomas comes home.with the Misses Bertram, making them fall in love with him, even though Maria is already engaged to a Mr. Rushworth. Mary and Edmund fall in love with each other, much to Fanny's surprise and sadness, but Mary wants Edmund to become rich and not be a
Henry Crawford goes away, and Maria, angry and proud, quickly marries Mr. Rushworth, even though she does not love him. Henry Crawford falls really in love with Fanny, and proposes to her, but she says no. Mary Crawford is still hesitating, and Fanny goes away to visit her parents, and is unhappy to see how coarse and vulgar they are.
While she is there, she finds out in a newspaper that Maria has run away with Henry Crawford. Fanny is very shocked and unhappy. Edmund comes to take her back to Mansfield. He tells Fanny that he was shocked that Mary Crawford only thought she and Henry were silly for being found out, and that the act of adultery was not bad. He falls in love with Fanny, and they marry.
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