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Mansfield Park (Penguin Classics)

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen I knew Elizabeth Bennet. I love Elizabeth Bennet. Fanny Price, you are no Elizabeth Bennet. In fact, what type of heroine are you? Similar to many classics of this time, the story is based around a young girl, who is so poor that she lives with wealthier relatives, but not as a peer, but as a lower class companion. The young girl has such great moral integrity that she grows up with impeccable values and does not fall victim to temptation as her wealthier, spoiled relatives. In Mansfield Park, the heroine is Fanny Price who lives with her wealthy cousins, the Bertrams on the family estate of Mansfield Park. When the Crawfords move close by, Fanny is the only one who is not blinded by their charm and glamour and unlike one of her cousins, does not ruin her life by following their poor example. Yes, Fanny is morally perfect - but she is also a wimp. She tires from long walks in the sun and is so meek and mild mannered. The story was enjoyable with great scenes, but I was so hoping for a heroine with spark and maybe even some backbone.