Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

Fanny Price is the most misunderstood of Austen’s heroines, but the heroine Austen understood best. In  one of the first novels built upon the interior life of a young woman, Fanny shows up meritocracy by living with “so much true merit and true love.” Killer compliment: “Her mind, disposition, opinions, and habits wanted no half concealment, no self deception on the present, no reliance on future improvement.”

 

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