Chapter 44 Summary

Edmund writes a long letter to Fanny. It is the first she has received from him. He apologizes for having taken so long. He explains that during all the time he was in London, he was too sad to write and share his feelings. The source of his sadness lies in Mary. Edmund says Mary is such a different person in London. She comes under the influence of her female friends who are not good for her. They corrupt her, bringing out all her weaknesses of character. Her friends are mercenary; they seek more and more wealth and do not marry for love. They lead Mary astray.

When Mary is at Mansfield Park and in Fanny’s company, she is more empathetic and loving. This is the woman Edmund loves, he tells Fanny. He could never hope...

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