What is the significance of the setting of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park? the place being countryside or city.

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Mansfield Park , an old-fashioned country estate set in a rural area, is where most of the action of the novel occurs. It is posited as a place purer and more innocent than the city. The city is represented by Londoners such as Mary and Henry Crawford, who invade the "Eden" of Mansfield Park like two corrupting, and very charming, serpents. They represent city values: Mary, for example, cannot understand why it is so difficult to hire a cart in the middle of the harvest to bring her harp to the parsonage, as she has no concept of the difficulties of a harvest. Mary, more significantly, laughs at rural ways, likens Mansfield Park to an old, outdated "engraving," and belittles Edmund's sincere desire to become a clergyman. She hesitates to...

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