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8.01.2014

Austen in August/Book Beginnings - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

This is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  They ask that you post the first line(s) to the book you are currently reading and share some feelings on the book.  I'm tweaking this a bit and I'm going to share first lines of books/stories, written by, about, or in the theme of Jane Austen. Since today is August first this is also our start to Austen in August! This year it is being hosted by Jenna over at Lost Generation Reader.

I'm starting off my August with reading The List Lovers Guide to Jane Austen by Joan Strasbaugh, and listening to Longbourn by Jo Baker.  I'm also starting a reread of Mansfield Park. Today's Book Beginnings is the opening to MP.


About thirty years ago Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income. All Huntingdon exclaimed on the greatness of the match, and her uncle, the lawyer, himself, allowed her to be at least three thousand pounds short of any equitable claim to it. She had two sisters to be benefited by her elevation; and such of their acquaintance as thought Miss Ward and Miss Frances quite as handsome as Miss Maria, did not scruple to predict their marrying with almost equal advantage. But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them. Miss Ward, at the end of half a dozen years, found herself obliged to be attached to the Rev. Mr. Norris, a friend of her brother-in-law, with scarcely any private fortune, and Miss Frances fared yet worse. Miss Ward's match, indeed, when it came to the point, was not contemptible: Sir Thomas being happily able to give his friend an income in the living of Mansfield; and Mr. and Mrs. Norris began their career of conjugal felicity with very little less than a thousand a year. But Miss Frances married, in the common phrase, to disoblige her family, and by fixing on a lieutenant of marines, without education, fortune, or connexions, did it very thoroughly.

13 comments:

  1. I'm trying to broaden my Austen reading and Mansfield Park is high on the list. Longbourn is on my TBR list but now I must find out more about a List Lover's Guide to Jane Austen!

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    1. So far I've read the list of the places she lived, and the list of her extended family. There are quotes from letters to go along with most people. I'm going to be writing more about it for our Monday post.

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  2. I haven't read Mansfield Park, but it's on my Kindle. Guess I'd better get to it!
    Here's the link to my Friday post: A COLLIE RESCUE.

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    1. It's a good one, I'm reading it again because it turns 200 this year and we'll be discussing the book at our October meeting.

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  3. I am not a fan of Jane Austen, but this sounds good.

    Longbourn is something that caught my eye when I saw it on another blog a few weeks ago.

    THANKS for sharing. Have a great weekend.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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    1. I will admit Jane Austen is an acquired taste and she's not right for everyone. I'm liking Longbourn a lot because it's not a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the staff's point of view, but rather a completely new story that just happens to be set in the Bennett household.

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    2. :) on Jane Austen being an acquired taste. :)

      Longbourn sounds good. THANKS for the reply.

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  4. I used to dislike Mansfield Park, but I had to study it at University last year and I surprisingly really enjoyed it. I hope you do to! I've got 'Longbourn' on my list as well, can't wait to get started! Hop by my #AusteninAugust Masterpost if you have the time :) Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. The only one of her books I dislike is Sense and Sensibility, I just can't get through that novel! I haven't read MP in about ten years so it's like reading it for the first time. - Amelia

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  5. I reread MP for last years AiA. It moved up my list from least favourite JA to one of the top end all time favourites!
    She is an acquired tatse, but since I acquired her quite early in life, I now can't imagine life without her. She is my go-to comfort read. She is like a dear,old, cherished friend who knows just what to say to cheer me up.
    Each reread brings more pleasure & delight - I hope you get to expereince this with your MP reread :-)

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    1. I feel like I'm reading it for the first time. I'm relearning why I disliked Mary and how much I feel a connection with Fanny. It's great to go back and reread these novels.

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  6. I love your idea for Austen in August. I reread MP earlier this year and enjoyed it all over again.

    I really enjoyed Longbourn and hope you do as well. I'm rereading The Watsons and then reading the continuation, Emma Watson, by Joan Aiken. I also hope to read some other Austen-related stuff as time allows.

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    1. I enjoy reading a lot of the Austen related material. I hope you enjoy the ones you find. Check our posts labeled Book Recommendations, a lot of those are Austen Related

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