RAVES for Mary Crawford:

Of Austen's MANSFIELD PARK the great critic, Lionel Trilling observed: "Jane Austen's character was conceived as 'all pungency and wit' to win the admiration of almost any reader. Her mind is lively and competent as her body; she can bring not only a horse but a conversation to a gallop.... Yet he laments, in the end 'we are asked to believe that she is not to be admired....' Here Barrett frees Mary Crawford to become herself at last.

Mary Crawford
Julia Barrett
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