MANSFIELD PARK -- a revisionist view!
Posted by Stolzi on December 22, 1997 at 22:38:14:
Having now read Lovers' Vows, I have a teasing regret.
The role of Cottager's Wife would indeed have been a good one for Fanny, especially if the lines could have been reversed as Tom Bertram suggests so that she would have nothing but kind words to say.
I think it would have brought her out of herself, given her a sense of accomplishment, and she would have grown and changed rather than staying the rather priggish and disapproving bystander. It would have made the moral situation much more interesting by giving Fanny, too, something to be ashamed of when Sir Thomas returns - her exile to Portsmouth could have been partly in the nature of a punishment.
Well, JA wrote it, and I didn't, so I guess it will stay the way it is, but I'd be interested to hear reactions to my proposal.
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