Mansfield Park: Episode 8, Chapters 31-34

In this episode, we read Chapters 31 to 34 of Mansfield Park. We talk about Fanny’s initial failure to realise she has received a true proposal, the amount of pressure placed on her to accept, the picture everyone has of little, modest Fanny, and the difference between Sir Thomas and Fanny’s views of marriage.

We discuss Henry Crawford, then Ellen talks about ordination, and Harriet looks at how adaptations and modernisations treat these chapters, particularly the scene between Fanny and Sir Thomas.

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Reasons for delay

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  • Adaptations:
    • BBC, Mansfield Park (1983) – starring Sylvestra Le Touzel and Nicholas Farrell (6 episodes)
    • Miramax, Mansfield Park (1999) – starring Frances O’Connor and Jonny Lee Miller
    • ITV, Mansfield Park (2007) – starring Billie Piper and Blake Ritson
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1 thought on “<em>Mansfield Park</em>: Episode 8, Chapters 31-34”

  1. Love MP and this podcast.

    Any thoughts on how Fanny is able to escape Sir Thomas’s suspicion (in the east room conversation) that she could be in love with one of his sons? I’ve always concluded that it’s because he seems to be focusing on Tom rather than Edmund, and that’s why she is able to answer “calmly”. But I don’t know.

    Great discussion of Henry Crawford. The note that Henry brings to Fanny from Mary: that section is always so hilarious to me. Poor little Fanny having to think fast and respond to that dangerous pair, without the adults noticing what’s going on! I’m always on her side and hate the Crawfords for pressuring her so (or, “hate-enjoy” — they’re awful and funny).


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