how excellent she would have been, had she fallen into good hands earlier

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

The terminal judgment on Mary as irredeemable seems unfair. She was not born evil but made bad through her environment, and in fact she chose to leave it. She is still a very young woman and unlike Maria has done nothing heinous. Why is there then no hope for her "improvement," especially since she's already shown signs of susceptibility to the good influences at Mansfield Park?

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