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At the age of ten, Fanny Price is sent by her poor family to live with her rich uncle and aunt, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram and their four children at Mansfield Park. Living in a world where wealth and status matter, Fanny is often left to feel inferior but in turn develops into a virtuous young woman of high character. When the dazzling Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive in the area, drama and disruption soon follow. All at Mansfield Park succumb to their charms and ways, all except for Fanny Price. Mansfield Park showcases once again, Jane Austen's brilliance.
Mary Barton is a millworker's daughter who comes into contact with the son of a wealthy family. She must decide between her devoted lover and the possibilities of joining a middle class family. The book explores the British lower classes' frustration, the false sense of class mobility of the 1800s, at a time when the working class were not able to vote. Much of this novel is autobiographical, incorporating incidents from Gaskell's own life.
Meno is written as a dialogue between Socrates and Meno. What is virtue? Is it a trait that can be taught? Is there some virtue that can be possessed by all human beings? Is it different between genders? Plato ponders.
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