Chapter 24 Summary

Henry makes a statement to his sister, Mary, that his main focus for the duration of his stay at Mansfield Park is to make Fanny fall in love with him.

Mary is thrown off guard by Henry's bold assertion. Henry should be pursuing Julia Bertram, not Fanny. The only reason Henry is interested in Fanny at all, Mary tells him, is because Fanny is the only young female left at Mansfield Park.

Henry disagrees. Fanny, he says, is the only woman he has ever met whom he cannot quite figure out. He cannot tell what she is thinking or why she uses certain facial expressions that are impossible for him to interpret. The other attraction that Fanny holds for Henry is that she seems not to like him. This is a unique...

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