She was of course only too good for him; but as nobody minds having what is too good for them, he was very steadily earnest in the pursuit of the blessing, and it was not possible that encouragement from her should be long wanting. The Narrator on Fanny Price & Edmund Bertram, Chapter 48
“Nobody minds having what is too good for them“, reveals all my profound wonder and inestimable gratitude to all of the participants in Mansfield Park Madness, my first Austen event at Austenprose. Your response to my concept of sharing my personal journey of re-discovery of Jane Austen’s most misunderstood and much maligned novel Mansfield Park has so far surpassed my expectations, that I must owe all of its success to Jane Austen, whose incredible talent still draws a crowd after nearly two hundred years. I hope that a few new readers were inspired to read the book (Dina?), and veterans have come to appreciate the novel more deeply through the information provided, and by others personal observations and understanding. I now can proudly say, I adore Fanny Price, and I hope that others may as well!
There were many memorable comments and questions over the course of the seventeen days. I learned much from my fellow Janeites about the novel, our dear Fanny Price, and myself. The greatest surprise post of the event (and one that was a last minute impulse) was on day eleven, Fun with Fanny & Friends: 6 word review for Mansfield Park. Your responses were so creative they deserved further recognition. Here are few of my favorites.
Poor relative. Ha-ha romance. Maria defects. – Sibylle
Fanny pined while Edmund whined. – Susan
Fanny was true, through and through, – Katie Dugas
Heroine boring; villains charming; dog hermaphrodite. – Deborah’s husband!
Mansfield Park intriguing, challenging and fulfilling. – Dina
Dear Miss Price, unnoticed, but nice! – Sylvia M.
THE PRIZE WINNERS
And now for the fun stuff! Here are all the winners of the 17 + prizes. Congratulations to all, and many thanks to all who participated.
DAY 1 – (Aug 15) – Book: MP Oxford World’s Classics – SUSAN
DAY 2 – (Aug 16) – Book: MP Oxford Illustrated Edition – KIRA
DAY 3 – (Aug 17) – Movie: MP 1983 – LUTHIEN84
DAY 4 – (Aug 18) – Audio: MP Naxos Unabridged – SYLVIA M.
DAY 4 – (Aug 18) – Audio: MP Naxos Abridged – KATIE
DAY 5 – (Aug 19) – Ephemera: JA Journal – RAE
DAY 6 – (Aug 20) – Movie: Metropolitan – KIRAGADE
DAY 7 – (Aug 21) – Book: MP Penguin – LESLIE
DAY 8 – (Aug 22) – Book: JA Miscellany copy 1 – FATIMA
DAY 8 – (Aug 22) – Book: JA Miscellany copy 2 – KATHLEEN ANN
DAY 9 – (Aug 23) – Book: MP Barnes & Noble – KAREN in MARYLAND
DAY 10 – (Aug 24) – Movie: MP 1999 – DAE
DAY 11 – (Aug 25) – Ephemera: JA Address Book – KATIE DUGAS
DAY 12 – (Aug 26) – Book: MP Oxford World’s Classics – LAURA
DAY 13 – (Aug 27) – Movie: MP 2007 – CHERYL
DAY 14 – (Aug 28) – Book: MP Broadview – SIBYLLE
DAY 15 – (Aug 29) – Book: Edmund Bertram’s Diary copy 1 – DINA
DAY 15 – (Aug 29) – Book: Edmund Bertram’s Diary copy 2 – AMY CATHERINE
DAY 15 – (Aug 29) – Book: Edmund Bertram’s Diary copy 3 – JANEEN
DAY 15 – (Aug 29) – Book: Mansfield Park Revisited – FELICIA
DAY 15 – (Aug 29) – Book: The Matters at Mansfield – MARY
DAY 15 - (Aug 29) – Book: Central Park – KIRA
DAY 16 – (Aug 30) – Book: MP Norton Critical Edition – COURTNEY
Winners – Your prompt reply is appreciated. You have one week to claim your prize! Please e-mail me, (austenprose at verizon dot net) before Sunday, September 7th, 2008. If I do not receive a response by a winner by that date, I will draw another name and continue until all of the prizes have a home to mail them to. Thanks again to everyone for your great contributions. Congrats to the winners, and enjoy!
Mansfield Park Madness is now officially concluded!
(Fanny is waiting for you on that bench at Sotherton, until you the read the book again!)