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    Subject: Mansfield Park
    Date: May 22, 2001
    Sender: Molly W.Previous

    I have just recently (1) thuroughly read Mansfield Park, (2) saw the BBC version, and the (3) saw the most recent version. I was appauled at the lastest "version". It did not even deserve to have the name "Mansfield Park", given how many liberties and additions there were. The character of Fanny Price bore almost no resemblance to Jane Austen's Fanny. The plot only very loosely resembled Jane Austen's novel. Even the dialogue was sometimes from other writings of Jane Austen, and therefore certainly out of context. The worst character portrayals were (1) Sir Thomas, (2) his son, Thomas, and (3) Lady Bertram. Sir Thomas was a good father and a caring gentleman. His son was a layabout and a gambler, and had no concern for the conditions of others, even slaves, at least as he was portrayed by Jane Austen. And Lady Bertram, though ditsy to be sure, was not a alchoholic or addicted to opium. Probably the one character that was well presented was Mary Crawford, though in the movie she spoke many lines that were never in the book, as did everyone else. When one thinks of Henry James' idea of round characters and flat characters, the characters in this movie were not only flat but down right unbelievable. As a person who loves the works of Jane Austen, I was greatly distressed by such a bad portrayal of her work.

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