How long will it take for you to pick this one up? | Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Ask any Jane Austen fan what their favourite book by the author is and you are most likely to get answers like Pride and Prejudice  Emma and in some rare cases Northanger Abbey. Seldom will you hear them say Mansfield Park. This delightful novel is soo underappreciated that it’s almost comic! You dislike Fanny’s life journey because she isn’t as witty as Elizabeth or her life isn’t as eventful as Emma’s? Yes, Fanny is shy and timid and is naturally awkward and who would not be, having been thrown into a whole new world, such as she had never had the opportunity to dwell in before. What do you expect from such a girl?
And despite these little setbacks, she does make a life for herself along the line of her wishes which is MORE than any of us could ever boast of! My last post was about Mrs. Bennet which I enjoyed a lot not only because it gave me an opportunity to read Pride and Prejudice with a special focus on the ‘matchmaker 2000’ but because it also reminded me of Mansfield Park (don’t ask me why!)  and I marvelled at how far these two stand on the scale of likeability! Almost as soon as I was done with Mrs. Bennet, I picked Mansfield Park and having read it far too many times, I decided to skim through it for the quotes, lines and phrases which I have adopted in my daily life, more or less. I quote my favourite writers and books in ordinary conversations all the time but there is something different about the characters in Mansfield Park, something different in the way they act and speak and think. Of course I can’t discuss all of it in one post so I will dedicate this one to introduce you to some of my favourite quotes from the book which, I am positive, will urge all those who haven’t deemed it exciting enough to read to give it a chance. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

  • There certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.
    – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

    I like to remark on Austen’s narrative comments in any novel since she’s always SMASHIN’ it! 😁  Here, she is taking a shot at the practice of only marrying for money and the idea that only pretty women deserve wealth, both at the same time. With a single sentence.
    *clap* *clap* *clap*

  • ‘I am of a cautious temper and unwilling to risk my happiness in a hurry.’
    Henry Crawford, Mansfield Park 

    I never disliked Henry in the novel. Not like I did Mr. Wickham but THAT’S another story! Henry Crawford has his share of wit and charm which makes him a delightful character and here especially. Because people are so desperate for happiness and love and so drenched in their desire to be validated in the eyes of society that they pounce on a mere flicker of hope and cling to it like crazy. That is what Henry is advising against and for that I applaud him. I like to remind myself of this little gem time and time again.

  •  ‘I can never be important to any one.’
    ‘What is to prevent you?’
    ‘Everything – my situation – my foolishness and awkwardness.’
    Fanny and Edmund, Mansfield Park 

    This is one of the earliest discourse between them and when I read it, I was sure I could always relate to Fanny, at some level at least. Who among us haven’t known all those fears as she just described?

  • He was in love, very much in love; and it was a love which, operating on an active, sanguine spirit, of more warmth than delicacy, made her affection appear of greater consequence, because it was withheld, and determined him to have the glory, as well as the felicity of forcing her to love him.
    Jane Austen, Mansfield Park 

    There. Jane Austen is providing us with very reason why men behave the way they do after they have been rejected by a woman. The reason why they fancy themselves in love with a woman whose feelings are not as invested as their are. the reason why they feel morally obliged to obtain the object of their fancy in such cases, no matter what. And I LOVE her for letting us in on the secret. 🙂

  • ‘Fanny! You are killing me!’
    ‘No man dies of love but on the stage, Mr. Crawford.’
    Fanny and Henry, Mansfield Park 

    I smiled like an idiot during this exchange of words filled with hope and proud love on the one side and gentle wit and a worldly humour on the other.

  • Almost everyone at Mansfield Park has set their minds to persuade Fanny to accept Henry’s proposal. And Lady Bertram took the following approach. She said things about her looking quite a vision at the ball (held in Fanny’s honour) and many other things (quite off the track!!) and then she proposed the following:

    ‘And I will tell you what, Fanny – which is more than I did for Maria – the next time pug has a litter you shall have a puppy.’

    This made my day when I first read the book. I was equally as pleased to find this scene included in the movie as well. I roll with laughter every time I read it!!! I am telling you, there are few books I enjoy re-reading more than I enjoy Mansfield Park.

    What about you? Have you read it? What were your favourite scenes? What do you think of Henry? *wiggle*  Or are you planning to read it? Let me know in the comments. We’ll chat. 😉

20 thoughts on “How long will it take for you to pick this one up? | Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

  1. I’m taking a Jane Austen class this semester, and I think Mansfield Park is one of the last ones we’re reading. (We’re reading them in order of publication, I think. Just finished Sense & Sensibility, and Pride & Prejudice is next.)

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    1. Oh, that’s wonderful!!! *looking at you with gleaming eyes* 😂 Sense and Sensibility is the one work by Jane Austen that I can never seem to finish reading! *sigh* But I will try again. And hey, I would absolutely LOVE to hear your thoughts on Mansfield Park when you have finished reading it. 😊

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      1. I’m gonna be doing a wrap-up post of each Austen book as we finish it in class, I think.

        I’m proud of myself for actually reading the book! Mostly because it’s the only class I’ve got this semester, and I’m graduating next semester, so I’m totally in the mindset of “I’M DONE, LET ME GO, I DON’T WANNA READ ANYMORE!”

        I’ve never taken a Jane Austen class, mostly because I’ve never really liked her stuff. My roommate is a HUGE Austen fan – she even did a semester abroad at Oxford to do an Austen class – but she’s in another class that I’m super jealous of, Renaissance Women.

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      2. Whoa! Your friend sounds like a ‘fangirl’!! 😁😂 And I can totally relate with the graduating thing. It’s my last year too and all I can think about is the day when I will have NO MORE LECTURES to attend! 😂 Well, I will look forward to your Austen posts. 😊 All the best for your classes.

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      3. 😂 Lizzie?? She should’ve dressed as Mr. Collins if she really wanted to scare people away from making ANY kind of conversation with her. 😂

        I am sure you’ll write a wonderful paper. 😊 Stick it out. Just one sem left. 👍

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  2. These are great quotes. I howled at the pug remark, myself!

    I just read and posted my thoughts on Mansfield Park. I liked it for the most part, although my feelings about Fanny Price are rather confused. I didn’t totally believe her innocence and her ‘goodness.’ But I enjoyed all the characters for the most part and their story lines. I want to read it again. Maybe next year.

    I read or watched the films of Austen’s major works in August as part of the Austen in August doings. I read Northanger Abbey for the first time and believe it or not, I am that “rare case!” It vies with Sense and Sensibility for me 🙂

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    1. Oh, yeah, people are uncertain about their opinions on Fanny. But she does not remain as good or innocent by the end now, does she? She changes in the way she handles her aunt Norris’ comments and finally learns that some people are not worth being polite with. 😊 I enjoyed Henry Crawford’s character a lot though. 😉

      I am glad you like Northanger Abbey the way people like P&P or Emma. Catherine Morland is a delightful character, isn’t she? 😊

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  3. I absolutely LOVE Mansfield Park. One of the things that really sold me on it, though, was Austen’s very subtle, yet scathing, remarks on the slave trade. The Crawfords made their money on the slave trade, so how they view themselves versus Fanny because they have money is ironic, because they made it off selling people. I’m always surprised at people who don’t enjoy Mansfield Park — I think it’s my favorite Austen book, by far.

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    1. Soo true! It’s been A WHILE since anyone stated this to be one of the reasons they love Mansfield Park. My high school friend always used to comment on Jane Austen’s sarcastic treatment of the slave trade in the novel and now you. 😊😊 I absolutely agree with you. It’s such a delight, isn’t it, just reading something as witty and yet sooo relatable as Mansfield Park? I mean, yes, there are other novels too but THIS ONE…….this is something….SOMETHING very different and I can’t even state the exact reason but it just is. 😊

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      1. It’s absolutely wonderful to read something as intelligent, sarcastic, and yet heartwarming as Mansfield Park. I agree — there’s something different to it; it’s a treasure.

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  4. Shame me. I’ve never read a single Jane Austen book, however I’ve heard about them so much! I want to read them alllllllllll. Just by her quotes, I can tell she makes her stories relatable, and she seems like such a badass, empowering woman and writer. I’m now craving a J.A book.

    YOUR BLOG. Oh my lanta. I can’t even explain to you how beautiful this is for my eyes to see. I have a problem where everything is more aesthetic than I will ever manage to be. It’s my new favorite word…aesthetic. IT SOUNDS SO FANCY! Honestly though girl, keep on keepin’ on, you’re goals as hell and I can’t even handle it.

    Much love! ❤
    -A

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    1. OHHH MYYY GODD *sobs for an eternity*

      You made my day!! That you like my blog enough to actually comment on it and use the word ‘aesthetic’ !!!!! 😍😍 NO ONE HAS EVER SAID THAT TO ME!!!!!! Thank You. Thank You. THANK YOU. I am flattered and deeply honoured! 😊😊😊

      I have a feeling that we’re gonna be very good friends. 😊😊

      All the love and many many hugs to you. ❤ ❤

      Have a wonderful day. 😊

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  5. Here I am, finally getting to those posts of yours that have been open on my phone for maybe two days now! Life 😀
    First of all, how I love it that there’s FINALLY someone there who I can fangirl about the classics with. Granted, I might have not read that many classics, but I’ve loved almost all of the ones I’ve read (except for Dickens. That guy – three or four books later I pretty much have a feud with the dude. He’s got a good and witty writing style, but boooooy does he know how to bore me OUT of my witts!!)
    Anyway, Austen sure has the kickass humor thing going on! It’s why I respect her so much. Sadly, I’ve only read one book by her – I think? My problem with Austen and the Brontes is that I love them equally (except for Wuthering Heights. Nope.) and it seems I can never tell whose book is which, and even which one I’ve read xD it’s good there’s Goodreads! Of course, there’s Jane Eyre which is my favorite of all time (not that I can tell which of the sisters wrote it… shame on me…) and then there’s Agnes Grey that I can actually remember by the name, but the rest? I know I read them, liked them, but just can’t associate the content with the name and the author’s name 😀 don’t laugh at me xD (or worse… don’t hit me!! XD xD)

    However, I am sure Mansfield park is still on the list. Because I keep eyeing it at the library. Although I will almost surely be reading it on the Kindle, cause I want to read it in the original language 🙂 (I’m from Lithuania)

    Great post!

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