April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
The power of a conversation cannot be underestimated. When polled at the beginning of class if we had sympathy for Jane Austen’s heroine, Fanny Price, in the first volume of Mansfield Park, only a small minority of my class said yes. After an in-depth discussion about Fanny’s character and circumstances, we were asked the same question and the majority of the class expressed that they were sympathetic to Fanny. Fanny, you’re no Elizabeth Bennet, but you’ll do.