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The Opening Sentences of 
Mansfield Park, by  Jane Austen

     About thirty years ago Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only

seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas 

Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be

thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady, with all the comforts 

and consequences of an handsome house and large income. All 

Huntingdon exclaimed on the greatness of the match, and her uncle, 

the lawyer, himself, allowed her to be at least three thousand pounds 

short of any equitable claim to it. She had two sisters to be benefited by

her elevation; and such of their acquaintance as thought Miss Ward 

and Miss Frances quite as handsome as Miss Maria, did not scruple 

to predict their marrying with almost equal advantage. But there 

certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there 

are pretty women to deserve them. 

This border is based on an illustration by C. E. Brock for  Mansfield Park
Source:The Republic of Pemberley (