ADVICE FOR JANE AUSTEN. The criticism that Jane Austen was offered was all over the place, just as the advice that Mary Jane receives is all over the place. Rebecca Onion’s transcript shows that most of her readers liked PRIDE AND PREJUDICE better than MANSFIELD PARK, but—surprisingly–there were those (Anna, Mrs. Jane Tilson, Miss Burdett, Mrs. Carnick…) who preferred MANSFIELD PARK. Jane’s sister Cassandra was “fond of Fanny”, while Jane’s mother thought the heroine Fanny was “insipid”. Her brother Edward admired Fanny—her brother George disliked her. Jane collected interesting comments from over 40 people, a number of whom offered suggestions about the plot or the plausibility of some of the events.

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