It’s February!! Do you know what this means?!
I am dedicating all of our #ThrowbackThursday posts this month to classic love stories that make me feel all warm and mushy inside.
Feel free to comment below with your own favorite love stories!
First up, Fanny and Edmund from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park!
Some haters claim that Fanny Price is an annoying character, because she is just too perfect. Some even go so far as to call her the most boring heroine Austen ever penned!
You know what I say to these critics and curmudgeons?
“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate… Shake it off!”
Yes. Yes I did just quote Taylor Swift as a valid argument on why Fanny Price nay-sayers are, as Sheldon Cooper describes, POOPY HEADS!
Fanny Price is a good girl. She is pious, polite, compassionate, and always willing to serve. Is she a bit of a doormat at times? Perhaps it seems that way. But growing up in the church, I have always been taught that those character qualities are something to aspire to and be proud of. I firmly believe that one can display all of those assets without becoming a push over.
In fact, Fanny displays that she does have a spine on a few occasions. She discusses Maria Crawford’s flaws with Edmund in a kind way, but the talk DOES occur. Maybe not as soon, or as colorful as I would have liked, but it happens nonetheless!
Fanny also vehemently opposes the drama the band of young people put together, despite all kinds of pressure to give in. She knew that it would only lead to trouble, and that her uncle would not approve. Even Edmund gives in, disappointing her greatly, but Fanny always disliked the whole acting scheme.
She rejects Mr. Crawford, even though he would be a fine catch by society’s standards, because she knew he was not a man of integrity. She had witnessed him dally with both of her cousins’ emotions, and knew his upbringing had made him a worldly, rogue of a man. No amount of presents or pretty compliments could convince her to look beyond his character flaws to accept a position of money and status. To Fanny, a man’s moral fiber was more important.
I’m sure there are many other occasions where Fanny stood her ground and was her own kind of fierce, but honestly, it has been so long since I have read the book that I cannot recall more details!
Do you remember any other instances where Fanny showed she was not a doormat after all? Please comment below! I need someone to refresh my memory!
So, no matter what the haters say, I still believe that Fanny and Edmund’s love story is one of my favorites. Be sure to check out the description below, and order your copy today!
‘We have all been more or less to blame …
every one of us, excepting Fanny’
Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with only her cousin Edmund as an ally. When Fanny’s uncle is absent in Antigua, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the neighbourhood, bringing with them London glamour and a reckless taste for flirtation. As her female cousins vie for Henry’s attention, and even Edmund falls for Mary’s dazzling charms, only Fanny remains doubtful about the Crawfords’ influence and finds herself more isolated than ever. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, Mansfield Park is one of Jane Austen’s most profound works.
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