Everyone at Mansfield Park is distracted by the recent events, and no one is more distracted than is Mrs. Norris. Maria had been her favorite child; she had encouraged Maria’s marriage to Mr. Rushworth. With Maria’s recent disgrace, Mrs. Norris finds her authority at Mansfield Park has been diminished. With the return of Fanny and her sister, whom Lady Bertram warmly welcomes, Mrs. Norris feels as if she has been pushed out of the home.
With Fanny’s attention devoted to Lady Bertram, Susan is left to adjust to her new surroundings on her own. She uses the time to familiarize...
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