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An enthusiastic amateur discusses Jane Austen's novels chapter by chapter. All are welcome whether you have a fancy degree or not.

The Amateur Austenite Frances Duncan

    • Arts

An enthusiastic amateur discusses Jane Austen's novels chapter by chapter. All are welcome whether you have a fancy degree or not.

    Mansfield Park Chapter 1

    Mansfield Park Chapter 1

    We start our read of Mansfield Park by meeting the Ward sisters and witnessing their arguments. Miss Frances gets disowned by her sisters then comes begging for forgiveness.

    • 14 min
    Mansfield Park Chapter 2

    Mansfield Park Chapter 2

    Fanny arrives at Mansfield Park and we can see how her character is  built through the trauma she suffers in being ripped from her family, a place where she was of use and valued, to a place where no one really wants her.

    • 11 min
    Mansfield Park Chapter 3

    Mansfield Park Chapter 3

    This week we're trying something different. I read chapter 3 and we talk about it as we go. 

    Mr Norris dies, the Grants come and there is a threat that Fanny may have to move in with Mrs Norris.

    Let us know if you like this format!

    • 39 min
    Mansfield Park Chapter 4

    Mansfield Park Chapter 4

    The Crawford's arrive. Are the Bertram girls lacking ears? And I decide Lady Bertram is my role model.

    • 13 min
    Mansfield Park Chapter 5

    Mansfield Park Chapter 5

    NZ is back in lockdown so my guest this week is my mother Brenda. We discuss the need for a transition period between being a girl and a woman, and just how many characters there are in Mansfield Park.

    • 11 min
    Mansfield Park Chapter 6

    Mansfield Park Chapter 6

    Mum joins me again, we discuss Mary being condescending, Mr Rushworth being awkward and Maria being a little bitchy.

    • 10 min

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