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Written by Stephanie
(7/29/2013 10:53 p.m.)
One of the supporting characters I always liked in Mansfield Park is Mrs. Grant. She is supportive, soothing, and maternal: she pours oil on troubled waters, she deals with a somewhat difficult husband so that even her worldly half sister is forced to praise her, and I truly believe she joined the cast of the play merely to help out -- I doubt she has any theatrical ambitions of her own.
At the end, we are told that she is a widow, and lives with Mary Crawford. But is she happy? Dr. Grant was a problematic mate, perhaps, but she never seemed to feel the difficulties thrown in her way, even when they are pointed out by a clear-sighted fellow inmate of the parsonage. Is his passing a grief or a relief?
Naturally, there is less money now, but there is no intimation that they have a drastic reduction in circumstances. She is not said to have anything to do with Henry, but, family being family, and Mrs. Grant already having lived vicariously through her siblings, she might still have him about now and again. And Mary is there, apparently long-term, with whom she has always gotten along.
I can't decide. Is hers a happy ending?
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