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Written by Ramya
(10/13/2010 4:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I read this chapter and cringe, penned by KatharineW
However, we see everything through Fanny's eyes as they appear in the first shock of her return. So things may well appear a little worse than they seem. After living in Mansfield Park many a better residence (compared to the Price's home) may well appear as a hovel. For instance, Fanny reverses many of her initial negative opinions about Susan and grows to admire her instead.
I don't see this as a picture of unremitting poverty of goods, morals, and spirit as much as a picture of mismanagement, a lack of a desire for better knowledge and a weakness of personality. The Prices do have some money, especially considering the generosity of Sir Thomas, and three of her sons are employed, with more joining the navy soon. Moreover, we find out that Mrs. Price is somewhat prone to excess spending, which is curbed at times by Susan. (that things, bad as they were, would have been worse but for such interposition, and that both her mother and Betsey were restrained from some excesses of very offensive indulgence and vulgarity.- Chap. 40). None of the Bertram sisters cut a very pretty picture.
I'm not sure that we see a lack of morals in the Prices- a lot of bad behavior, but nothing that may be called immoral.
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