What Fanny told her of former times dwelt more on her mind than the pages of Goldsmith

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

Despite his or any historian's excellence in the field, Fanny's narrations of the past have a more impressive effect on Susan. Susan, not in the "habit of reading," prefers an adequate oral presentation to an excellent written one.

Goldsmith (a remarkably versatile writer who wrote poetry, drama, fiction, and history) is among Austen's favorites, though as an adolescent she wrote a parody of his The History of England from the Earliest Times to the Death of George II.

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