Mansfield Park Revisited: A Jane Austen Entertainment by Joan Aiken

By Joan Aiken

In Aiken's sequel to Jane Austen's complicated and interesting novel, after heroine Fanny fee marries Edmund Bertram, they leave for the Caribbean, and Fanny's more youthful sister Susan strikes to Mansfield Park as girl Bertram's new significant other. Surrounded by means of the prevalent forged of characters from Jane Austen's unique, and joined through a number of fascinating new characters brought by means of the writer, Susan reveals herself entangled in romance, shock, scandal, and redemption. Aiken's diverting story supplies the reader attention-grabbing hypothesis on how the Crawfords, whose successful personalities have been marred through an amoral upbringing, may have grew to become out, and Jane Austen's morality story takes new instructions with an unforeseen and slightly arguable ending."A stunning read-and you do not have to have learn Mansfield Park to get pleasure from it."-Woman's Own"Her experience of time and position is impeccable."-Publishers Weekly"An very good sequel...remarkably powerful and intensely funny."-Evening commonplace (20080711)

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Apart from my brother, and my deceased sister, the two dearest, truest friends, the purest and most wholesome influences that in my short and misspent life I ever encountered, have been yourself and your husband. Can you and Mr. Edmund Bertram—I write his name with a faltering hand—can you bring yourselves to overlook the errors of the past, can you forgive your faulty but sincerely affectionate friend? qxd:Mansfield Park Revisited_int 7/21/08 JOAN AIKEN conversation—your wise, grave earnest elevating companionship—intercourse untouched by guile or artifice—can now restore the tone of my mind.

She must make up her mind for herself as to the best course to follow. Mrs. Osborne extracted her brother from the billiard-room, where the two men were not found to be playing billiards, quite a brief game having proved sufficient for Mr. Wadham’s strength; they had been looking at maps and discussing ancient history, for Mr. Wadham, it seemed, was a scholar, a Latinist, with a decided bent for the pursuit and investigation of antiquities, and he had been quizzing Tom as to the likelihood of Roman remains being discovered on the Mansfield acres.

Qxd:Mansfield Park Revisited_int 7/21/08 MANSFIELD PARK REVISITED What of myself, you ask, and the answer is no cheerful one. I have been unwell—very unwell; for a period my life was given up. Only the fond solicitude of my brother Henry, who sat for days and nights on end by my couch, holding my hand, begging, beseeching me not to leave him—only his dear affection recalled me to this earthly vale; and whether the boon of restored life he thus conferred on me was worth his pains, who can judge?

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