Mansfield Park (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane Austen

By Jane Austen

From its sharply satiric beginning sentence, Mansfield Park bargains with funds and marriage, and the way strongly they have an effect on one another. Shy, fragile Fanny rate is the consummate "poor relation." despatched to dwell together with her filthy rich uncle Thomas, she clashes along with his spoiled, egocentric daughters and falls in love together with his son. Their lives are extra complex through the coming of a couple of witty, refined Londoners, whose aptitude for flirtation collides with the quiet, conservative state methods of Mansfield Park.

Written a number of years after the early manuscripts that at last grew to become Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park keeps Austen’s known compassion and humor yet deals a much more complicated exploration of ethical offerings and their emotional outcomes.

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Productive and discreet, she insisted that her work be kept secret from anyone outside the family. All of her novels were published anonymously, including the posthumous release, thanks to her brother Henry, of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. The last years of Austen舗s life were relatively quiet and comfortable. Her final, unfinished work, Sanditon, was put aside in the spring of 1817, when her health sharply declined and she was taken to Winchester for medical treatment of what appears to have been Addison舗s disease or a form of lymphoma.

The play ends, in defiance of Burke, with the inheritance going to an illegitimate son. Austen suggests, however, that it is not merely this particular play, but acting in general, that poses a radical threat. For the conservative conception of authority is organized around stable identities or repertories of identities: the lords, laborers, and tenant farmers of 舠To Penshurst,舡 or the 舠brother, landlord, master舡 of Pride and Prejudice. The theater, by contrast, imagines protean selves, whose various identities are assumed and cast off at will.

102). As a result, his lands have been put in the hands of an agent, who later proves to have been the cause of much suffering among the tenant farmers and hired laborers whom Henry has not troubled himself to know. Neither Mary nor Henry is prepared, then, to be the inheritor and preserver of the country house. The theater poses the second threat. The amateur theatricals are the novel舗s most famous set piece because they so seamlessly join the figurative and the literal: The play itself predicts much of what will happen in the novel, while the characters舗 struggles over the staging of the play present each of them in a revealing light.

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