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 (http://www.pemberley.com).