Mansfield Park Language and Communication Quotes
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Fanny knew her own meaning, but was no judge of her own manner. Her manner was incurably gentle; and she was not aware how much it concealed the sternness of he purpose (33.6).
People often have a hard time expressing themselves clearly in this book, and Fanny is no exception. It's notable that Fanny seems to have no control over her body language and the sort of impression she gives people.
"Certainly, my home at my uncle's brought me acquainted with a circle of admirals. Of Rears and Vices, I saw enough. Now, do not be suspecting me of a pun, I entreat." Edmund again felt grave, and only replied "It is a noble profession" (6.49-50).
Mary is one of the few people in this book with a good sense of humor and she often delivers witty and risqué statements. Edmund appears to have had his humor gland removed and greatly contrasts to the lively Mary.
"But was there nothing in her conversation, Fanny, that struck you as not quite right?" "Oh, yes, she ought not to have spoken of her uncle as she did. I was quite astonished. [...]." "I thought you would be struck. It was very wrong – very indecorous" (7.4-5).
Edmund asks Fanny some very leading questions in this scene and he basically prods her into saying something that confirms his own opinions. In a lot of ways, Fanny is a reflection of Edmund.