Chapter 6 Summary

The Bertrams, the Crawfords, and Mr. Rushworth (Maria's fiance) are enjoying a dinner together. It is the first time Mr. Rushworth has come to Manfield Park since Mary Crawford has been there. Mary amuses herself by paying strict attention to Mr. Rushworth, since Tom Bertram is away and she is bored.

Mr. Rushworth is considering the possibilities of relandscaping his sprawling estate, though he wants very little to do with the transformation. He has just returned from a trip to Compton, the manor of a wealthy friend. In comparison to that estate, Mr. Rushworth's property, which is called Sotherton Courts, looks like the grounds of a prison.

As Mr. Rushworth talks, Mrs. Norris adds to the conversation,...

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