Character Sketches, Part III

Originally Posted by Miss Sneyd on November 14, 2009, 7:37 AM

The Grants & Crawfords:

Dr. Grant: Married to Mrs. Grant who is fifteen years his junior, with no children. He becomes Rector of Mansfield when Mr. Norris dies. He is “a hearty man of forty-five,” “an indolent, stay-at-home man,” “kind and obliging … really a gentleman, and, … a good scholar and clever, and often preaches good sermons, and … very respectable,” but also “an indolent, selfish bon vivant” who “was very fond of eating.” He later succeeds to a stall in Westminster, and lives in London until his death of apoplexy, caused by “three great institutionary dinners in one week.”

Mrs. Grant: Wife of Dr. Grant, she has “a temper to love and be loved.” She is the older half-sister of Henry and Mary Crawford “the children of her mother by a second marriage.” She and her husband show “a disposition to be friendly and sociable.” She provides a home for her sister after the death of Mary’s aunt.

Henry Crawford: Mrs. Grant’s half-brother and Mary Crawford’s brother, “a young man of sense, of character, of temper, of manners, and of fortune,” “with more than common agreeableness, with address and conversation pleasing to everybody.” (Or, at least almost everybody.) He and his sister have lived with their uncle and aunt, Admiral and Mrs. Crawford, since their parents’ death. He has “a good estate in Norfolk,” and “though not handsome, had air and countenance.” “He had vanity” and is “thoughtless and selfish from prosperity and bad example”–“he would not look beyond the present moment.” He flirts with Maria and Julia Bertram, finding them “an amusement to his sated mind.” He falls in love with Fanny, and tries to get her to marry him. Later he runs away with Mrs. Rushworth (née Maria Bertram), thereby losing Fanny, “the woman whom he had rationally as well as passionately loved.”

Mary Crawford: Mrs. Grant’s half-sister and Henry Crawford’s sister. She is a “remarkably pretty” young woman with “lively and pleasant” manners and twenty thousand pounds. She takes refuge with her sister when, after the death of her aunt, her uncle decides “to bring his mistress under his own roof.” She is a young woman with “cold-hearted ambition.” She falls in love with Edmund Bertram, her “attachment to Edmund had been … the most respectable part of her character,” for she has “faults of principle, … of blunted delicacy and a corrupted, vitiated mind.”  After Edmund marries, she remains with her sister until her own marriage.

The Rushworths & Mr. Yates:

Mrs. Rushworth: Mr. Rushworth’s mother, she is “Mrs. Rushworth, senior” after her son’s marriage. She is “a well-meaning, civil, prosing, pompous woman, who thought nothing of consequence, but as it related to her own and her son’s concerns.” She is very fond of her son, but does not get along with his wife. When her daughter-in-law runs away, she uses all her power to expose her.

Mr. James Rushworth: Son of Mrs. Rushworth. He becomes engaged to Maria Bertram, marries her, and later divorces her after she leaves him. “He was a heavy young man, with not more than common sense” but with “nothing disagreeable in his figure or address.” Edmund thinks that, “If this man had not twelve thousand a year, he would be a very stupid fellow,” and Sir Thomas finds him to be “an inferior young man, as ignorant in business as in books, with opinions in general unfixed, and without seeming much aware of it himself.” He is “always guided by the last speaker, by the person who could get hold of and shut him up.”

The Hon. John Yates: A friend of Tom Bertram’s, he is “well-bred and easy,” “trifling and confident, idle and expensive.” He visits Mansfield Park and suggests that they act a play. He flirts with Julia Bertram and later elopes with her. He is “not very solid; but there was a hope of his becoming less trifling, of his being at least tolerably domestic and quiet” and Sir Thomas is comforted “in finding his estate rather more, and his debts much less, than he had feared, and in being consulted and treated as the friend best worth attending to.”

Character Sketches:
Part I: Fanny Price, the Bertrams, & the Norrises
Part II: The Prices
Part III: The Grants & the Crawfords; The Rushworths & Mr. Yates
Part IV: Other Characters
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