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|Mrs. Norris – Too Angry
Written by Robbin
(9/12/2010 1:33 a.m.)
The novel opens with the marriages of the Ward sisters—Miss Maria to great advantage in marrying a baronet—Sir Thomas, Miss Ward to Rev. Mr. Norris and Miss Frances to Mr. Price, a lieutenant of marines “without education, fortune, or connexions” (1). Sir Thomas gives Mr. Norris the living at Mansfield but Mrs. Norris prevents his helping her sister Price by causing a breach between the sisters:
Mrs. Norris had a spirit of activity, which could not be satisfied till she had written a long and angry letter to Fanny, to point out the folly of her conduct, and threaten her with all its possible ill consequences. Mrs. Price, in her turn, was injured and angry; and an answer, which comprehended each sister in its bitterness, and bestowed such very disrespectful reflections on the pride of Sir Thomas as Mrs. Norris could not possibly keep to herself, put an end to all intercourse between them for a considerable period. (1)
Is Mrs. Norris too angry for the situation? She is also angry when she tells the Bertrams of each new Price entering the world. Why is Mrs. Norris so angry? (;D)
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