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

Fanny is not at this point likely to entertain the prospect of Mary's changing, but her verdict is harsh, especially given Austen's convictions about the power of environment. Cannot Mary still be "improved" by Edmund's spiritual faith, seriousness, and love? His example, it's been maintained, changes his adult parishioners for the better. Why then not Mary?

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