By Joan Aiken
In Aiken's sequel to Jane Austen's advanced and interesting novel, after heroine Fanny expense marries Edmund Bertram, they go away for the Caribbean, and Fanny's more youthful sister Susan strikes to Mansfield Park as woman Bertram's new significant other. Surrounded by way of the everyday solid of characters from Jane Austen's unique, and joined through a number of fascinating new characters brought via the writer, Susan unearths herself entangled in romance, shock, scandal, and redemption. Aiken's diverting story offers the reader fascinating hypothesis on how the Crawfords, whose successful personalities have been marred through an amoral upbringing, may have became out, and Jane Austen's morality story takes new instructions with an unforeseen and a bit of debatable ending."A beautiful read-and you do not have to have learn Mansfield Park to get pleasure from it."-Woman's Own"Her experience of time and position is impeccable."-Publishers Weekly"An very good sequel...remarkably powerful and extremely funny."-Evening normal (20080711)
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You were the belle of the evening, Fanny, and I remember you yet, in your white dress with the shining dots, and the gold necklace you wore, and the poor heart that beat for you in vain! But I will not tease you, good, gentle Fanny; events fall out as they must, no doubt, and the prize you won in the great lottery was better by far than my poor wayward brother—who remains to this day a bachelor because he can find no lady in the fashionable world equal to replace hard-hearted Fanny. qxd:Mansfield Park Revisited_int 7/21/08 JOAN AIKEN Yes, you may stare, but so it is.
She met Susan with unaffected interest, exclaiming, “Ah, my dear, how glad I am to know you! I have heard so much about you from your cousin Edmund. qxd:Mansfield Park Revisited_int 7/21/08 JOAN AIKEN your shoulders! ” Susan laughed, blushed, and disclaimed. ” In no time she found herself conversing with Mr. Wadham and his sister as with old friends; there was a bewitching charm and informality about their manners which contrasted strongly with the sobriety to be found within the confines of Mansfield, and which greatly raised her spirits, depressed at the six-months’ parting from Fanny and Edmund, besides the prospect of being, during the ensuing period, principally in the company of Tom Bertram and Mrs.
Tom would never allow it. At that point it occurred to Susan that it was perhaps her duty to inform Tom as to the identity of the new tenants that he was, it seemed unwittingly, harbouring at the White House. Tom, alone among the Bertram brothers and sisters, had not fallen prey to the fatal charm of the Crawford pair. Either because of better judgment, or insensibility, or lack of proximity, he had somehow been spared the general infection, and, his severe attack of fever happening to lay him low at the time when the rupture of Maria’s marriage was taking place, he had by chance not been so painfully aware of the part played by the brother and sister.
Mansfield Park Revisited: A Jane Austen Entertainment by Joan Aiken