the want of that higher species of self-command, that just consideration of others, that knowledge of her own heart, that principle of right

Category: Education | Type: Discussion | Title: Mansfield Park (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter IX

The "essential part" of the moral life that focuses upon sympathy, self-knowledge, and an internalized sense of right, without which Julia is "miserable," trapped between a meaningless sense of duty and a vacuity of mind.

She instances the women Mary cited as dutifully attending chapel while thinking about her gown and the clergyman's looks. The question: would she and her sister benefit from church attendance?

Edmund's point distantly resembles Pascal's that the appearance of faith is a routine that may lead to genuine faith. 

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