I was excited to read Mansfield Park. What intrigued me was a lower class protagonist. Not upper-middle class like Elizabeth Bennet or the Dashwood sisters. Even if things didn’t turn out well for the women from S&S or P&P, they’d always have a roof and meal.
Fanny didn’t come from those circumstances.
I also thought the fish-out-of-water element would be nice. It was in the beginning but then Fanny did….nothing. She is the protagonist after all. I expected her – who drives the story – to face tough decisions and make difficult choices. I expected her to grow through some kind of adversity.
Maybe that’s just me.
She did nothing. Everything was done to her. The only time she got animated was when scolding people for having a good time.
By the end of the book, she grew tiresome and I couldn’t understand why Edmund would want to marry her.
Plus, there was that whole creepy, incestuous cousin, almost a brother thing between the two of them. Yuck.