Mary Crawford should be the hero of Mansfield Park. She's funny, flirty, interesting, and intelligent. Instead, though, Jane Austen sticks us with Fanny Price. Because for some reason, Jane Austen hates us. Probably because of all the mean things we said about her in high school -- but that was years ago and we were stupid. We didn't mean any of it. Seriously, Jane: call me.Go here to read the rest of his (quite entertaining and compelling) argument even though I totally disagree with him. Unfortunately, I can't remember why. But I wrote 5000 words on the subject fifteen years ago, so I must have had SOME evidence.
Mike and I agree on one thing, though: Mansfield Park is one of Austen's most interesting and challenging novels.