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Frances Price (née Ward) is a character in Mansfield Park. She is the sister of Lady Bertram, wife of a baronet; and Mrs. Norris, wife of a clergyman. She married a man—a lieutenant in the marines—of no fortune, education, nor consequence, without the consent of her family, alienating her from them[2]. She has ten children, including Fanny Price.

BiographyEdit

Early life and marriageEdit

Mrs. Price married in order to spite her family. She was incredibly prideful at first and for 11 years into her marriage the sisters ignored each other. After those years, she was about to give birth to her ninth child, and the Price family was not doing well financially. Her husband was disabled, and thus unable to return to active service, and they did not have enough of an income to support nine children and a still growing family. She wrote to Lady Bertram and Sir Thomas asking for advice and help, which re-established peace and kindness between the sisters. Sir Thomas sent advice about professions for her eldest son, and Lady Bertram sent money and baby-linen[2].

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Since their firstborn daughter is named after her, it's likely that their firstborn son (William Price) was named after his father.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mansfield Park, Chapter 1

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