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“Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen

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S3 Ep 8

Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Jennifer Weinbrecht & Patricia Fernberg

Endnotes: Ted Schwartz

Author: Jane Austen

Year of Publication: 1814

Plot: Mansfield Park tells the story of Fanny Price, a young girl whose overburdened and impoverished family sends her to live in the household of her wealthy aunt and uncle at the age of ten. As Fanny grows up, she must learn how to cope with the hypocrisy of wealthy socialites as she searches for a husband.

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