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December 27, 2004

Mansfield Park


In a perfect world, it would be possible to make a faithful film of Jane Austen's most serious novel. But then, in a perfect world, there would no 'Fanny Wars,' no serious disagreement a person to notice the morally dubious and questionable. She would be seen as certain to grow up, married to Edmund Bertram or not, to be Joan Hickson's redoubtable Miss Marple. (I am imagining, of course, a perfect world that would not be so perfect that the contingencies that make novels and mysteries interesting would not be inconceivable.)

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