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Facsimile page from Plan of a Novel & other Notes

Reviews of Mansfield Park

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Facsimile page from Plan of a Novel & other Notes


Jane Austen


Oxford: Clarendon University Press




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My Mother – not liked it so well as P.&P. – Thought Fanny insipid. – Enjoyed Mrs. Norris.
Cassandra – thought it quite as clever, tho’ not so brilliant as P.&P. - Fond of Fanny – Delighted much in Mr. Rushworth’s stupidity.
My Eldest Brother – a warm admirer of it in general. – Delighted with the Portsmouth Scene.
Edward – Much like his Father. – Objected to Mrs. Rushworth’s elopement as unnatural.
W.B.L. – Highly pleased with Fanny Price - & a warm admirer of the Portsmouth Scene. – Angry with Edmund for not being in love with her, & hating Mrs. Norris for teasing her.
Miss Burdett – Did not like it so well as P.&P.
Mrs. James Tilson – Liked it better than P.& P.
Fanny Cage – did not much like it – not to be compared to P. & P. – nothing interesting in the characters – Language poor. – Characters natural & well supported – Improved as it went on.
Mr. & Mrs. Cooke – very much pleased with it – particularly with the manner in which the Clergy were treated - W. Cooke called it “the most sensible novel he had ever read.” – Mrs. Cooke wished for a good matronly character.
Mary Cooke – quite as much pleased with it, as her Father & Mother; seemed to enter into Lady B.’s character & enjoyed Mr. Rushworth’s folly. Admired Fanny in general, but thought she ought to have been more determined on overcoming her own feelings, when she saw Edward’s attachment to Miss Crawford. –
Miss Burrel – admired it very much – particularly Mrs. Norris & Dr. Grant.
Mrs. Bramstone – much pleased with it, particularly with the character of Fanny, as being so very natural. Thought Lady Bertram like herself. Preferred it to either of the others. – but imaged that might be her want of Taste – as she does not understand Wit.