Posted by gkb on May 14, 1998 at 21:42:15:
In response to A Question about Fanny Price, written by Golda on May 14, 1998 at 16:32:22
Many people enjoy the depth and richness of Mansfield Park and I personally consider Fanny Price to be the most courageous of all JA's heroines. However, sometimes, the persons who do not share this viewpoint express their dislike of the character so emphatically and repeatedly that several conversations have, in the past, ground to a halt, rather than degenerate into shouting matches. The civil tone of the Republic is worth preserving. I believe that a few people who admire and like Fanny Price have learned to be shy of introducing the topic.
As you say, there is less interest in this novel. I do not mean to cast any reflection upon those who run the Boards for our mutual benefit; nor to impose any censorship upon any person's opinion. I am simply answering your question by stating my opinion.
No one is going to convince me that Fanny is a wuss. No one is going to be convinced by me that she is morally courageous. People have different opinions on the matter--so different that, like religion and politics, I am astonished that the very topic has not been banned.
If my opinions offend anyone, I cannot help it. This is the truth of my own personal experience in trying to converse about MP. What I do not understand is why people who do not like the book trouble themselves to read posts about it. I think this is because for many people the exchange of oppositional opinions is the essence of conversation--the joy and sparkle thereof. Like Fanny herself, however, I have known too much opposition all my life to find any charm in it.
- Fanny Price is a suprisingly strong character. Tamee 10:59:38 5/22/98 (5)
- Good, gentle Fanny gkb 00:58:04 5/23/98 (0)
- Fanny isn't "old-fashioned" because... Lea 21:35:39 5/22/98 (3)
- Oh, I see. Golda 15:57:33 5/15/98 (0)
- I appreciate your comments, gkb! Lea 14:18:18 5/15/98 (0)
- Civil conversation... Helen 13:24:41 5/15/98 (0)
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