Last year, in celebration of the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I tweeted quotes from that work for one week each month. This year is the bicentennial of Mansfield Park, and while I do not plan to post regular reviews of spinoffs (there aren’t that many) I will tweet quotations from that work, and give their contexts here. Normally this will be the second or third Wednesday of the month, following a week of tweets. This is the first of these blog posts, and the first six of the quotations below are from Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen.

Mansfield Park Cover“There certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.” Narrator’s comment on the lucky marriage of Miss Maria Ward to Sir Thomas Bertram.

“A girl so brought up must be adequately provided for.” Sir Thomas, when they are discussing the idea of raising Fanny.

“Do not let us be frightened from a good deed by a trifle.” Mrs. Norris, who throughout the book deludes herself into thinking she is responsible for taking Fanny from her poor family and giving her a better life at Mansfield, but who in fact gets out of every obligation.

“It being a wicked thing for her not to be happy.” Mrs. Norris has managed to make Fanny think that Fanny’s failure to be overflowing with happiness at being taken away from her home and siblings is a fault.

“There is moderation in all things.” A good principle in itself, but not as Mrs. Norris applies it to Fanny’s homesickness.

“The favorite holiday sport of the moment, making artificial flowers or wasting gold paper.” Fanny’s cousins are far more interested in other things than in getting to know Fanny.

“Don’t let it be obvious that you’re acting.” Tourist Trap, by Sue Ann Bowling. Lai’s advice to Roi as Zhaim’s trial approaches.

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