Mansflield Park Author:Jane Austen In Jane Austen's world, marriage is the most important decision on a person's life, determining the course of everything that follows. — Divorce was nearly impossible, so a marriage made for the wrong reasons could condemn two people to a lifetime of misery. — At Mansfield Part, the estate owned by Sir Thomas Bertram, his four children grow to mar... more »rying age along with their cousin Fanny Price. All have been brought up to observe social proprieties but not necessarily moral ones. When Sir Thomas leaves to see after some business interests, the deficiencies in him children's upbringing reveal themselves and chaos ensues.
Only Fanny stands firm. According to Austen, she has "all the heroism of principle." Treated as peripheral by the Mansfield Park household, she comes to be seen as its ethical center.
Enlivened by a supporting cast of comic characters, including the spiteful Mrs. Norris, Mansfield Park may well be Austen's deepest and most encompassing novel.« less