Playing at virtue in Mansfield Park

One of the first events of interest in Mansfield Park is the attempted production of the play Lovers’ Vows, put on by the Bertram youngsters, Crawford siblings, and their friend Mr Yates. The play is a shocker by Regency standards, featuring as it does an illegitimate love-child, and improper declarations of feeling from ladies. The idea that gentlefolk should have to utter the compromising lines of the … Continue reading Playing at virtue in Mansfield Park

23 Life Lessons from the Classics

Here are the life lessons I’ve extracted from five favourite classics. Beware of spoilers. You’re very much welcome. North and South Author: Elizabeth Gaskell Plot: Country girl Margaret forced to move to industrial city after her dissident father leaves the church. Encounters poverty and crosses swords with mill owner Mr Thornton. Three bereavements, a strike and an unexpected inheritance later, it’s second time lucky for … Continue reading 23 Life Lessons from the Classics