Characters: Mansfield Park

Fanny Price

"I should have thought that every woman must have felt the possibility of a man's not being approved, not being loved by some one of her sex at least, let him be ever so generally agreeable. Let him have all the perfections in the world, I think it ought not to be set down as certain that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself."

The protagonist of the novel, Fanny Price is the poor relation of the Bertram family, who comes to live with them at a young age and grows up alongside her cousins. While the majority of the family ignore or mistreat her, her cousin Edmund treats her well and she falls in love with him. But he falls in love with a new vivacious neighbor Mary Crawford whose brother pursues Fanny and her female cousins.

Edmund Bertram

The second son of the Bertram family, Edmund is the responsible one between himself and his older brother Tom. He hopes to become a clergyman even though the profession would lessen his chances with Mary Crawford, who he hopes to marry. Edmund is close with Fanny, but oblivious to her feelings for him.

  • Betty and Veronica: Betty to Tom and Henry's Veronica.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Fanny.
  • Foil: To both Tom and Henry in different ways.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: With Tom. Edmund is the responsible one.
  • Humble Hero: He seems to be this at first, and while he is trying to have humble goals and to think of everyone's well-being, he ends up being a bit too sure of his own superiority and righteousness, and being brought down for it.
  • The Idealist: When Fanny eventually spells out why she dislikes the Crawfords, Edmund dismisses their faults as minor character defects that can be improved by better society.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He has no idea that Fanny is in love with him (and how badly she thinks of the Crawfords) while he chatters away about how wonderful Mary is. He also encourages Fanny to marry Henry, not knowing how much she loathes him.
  • Like Brother and Sister: This is how he sees his relationship with Fanny until the very end of the novel.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Without Edmund's kindness, Fanny would be in an even worse emotional state than she is already.
  • The Matchmaker: He tries to help Henry's romance with Fanny along.
  • Morality Chain
  • Oblivious to Love: He has no idea Fanny loves him and thinks of her as a sister.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the most responsible and unselfish of the Bertram children
  • Opposites Attract: He falls in love with Mary Crawford, who couldn't be more different from him. Subverted, eventually, when he realizes just how different they are in morals.
  • Preacher Man: He wants to become a clergyman—a common occupation for a second son, but he's sincere about wanting to be a good pastor.
  • Pygmalion Plot
  • Shipper on Deck: He ships Fanny/Henry and doesn't understand why Fanny refuses Henry's proposal.
  • Unwitting Pawn

Mary Crawford

Mary comes to Mansfield Park with her brother, Henry, to stay at the parsonage with her half-sister Mrs. Grant. Ambitious, mischievous, and worldly, she immediately sets her sights on marrying Tom Bertram. But she soon finds that she prefers Edmund even though he is the younger of the brothers and will not inherit the estate.

Henry Crawford

Henry comes to stay at Mansfield Parks parsonage with with his sister, Mary. Though he has no intention of marrying either of them, he immediately begins a flirtation with both of the Bertram sisters, Maria and Julia, despite Maria's engagement. They both fall in love with him, but he finds that he prefers Fanny because she's the first woman he's ever met who proves immutable to his charms.

  • A Lady on Each Arm: With Maria and Julia.
  • Becoming the Mask: He starts flirting with Fanny because he can't stand a woman not having an opinion of him, but he soon falls genuinely in love.
  • Betty and Veronica: Veronica to Edmund's Betty.
  • The Casanova: His main pastime is flirting without any thought to marriage.
  • The Charmer: While he is short and plain, his charming personality wins him the attention of his romantic conquests.
  • Chick Magnet: Most women who meet him enjoy his attentions.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Entitled to Have You: He gets his uncle to promote William Price so that Fanny will feel grateful and indebted.
  • Fish out of Water
  • Hopeless Suitor: Fanny is extremely determined not to accept him for most of the book.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Towards Fanny. At first it's so he can gratify his ego and be assured he can make any woman love him, but soon he's trying to figure out how he can marry her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not evil and is capable of doing good things for others. He just also enjoys screwing with people and can't help giving in to temptation.
  • Opposites Attract: He falls in love with Fanny who is his exact opposite.
  • Prince Charming Wannabe: He really tries to make himself worthy of Fanny, but on discovering that Maria doesn't seem to like him anymore, he starts flirting with her to the point of an affair.
  • The Rival: To Mr. Rushworth, though he initially has no intention of posing a true threat.
  • The Trickster: His main motivation in the novel is trolling those around him: whether it's flirting with both of the Bertram sisters at once to cause trouble, or pursuing Fanny just to break her heart (before falling for her anyway).
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks he's the Reformed Rake and Ladykiller in Love with a girl who's Playing Hard to Get in a typical unrealistic Regency romance novel where Love Redeems.

Maria Bertram

The older of the Bertram sisters, Maria becomes engaged to marry her neighbor Mr. Rushworth. But after Henry Crawford comes to Mansfield Park, she and her younger sister soon become enamored with him.

Julia Bertram

The young of the Bertram sisters, Julia hopes to become engaged to Henry Crawford, but finds that she must vie for his affections with her sister and then Fanny Price.

Tom Bertram

The oldest of the Bertram siblings, he is irresponsible and reckless. He serves as a foil to Edmund.

  • Betty and Veronica: Veronica to Edmund's Betty.
  • Character Development: After his illness and Maria's disgrace, Tom realizes how destructive his behavior is and shapes up.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: With Edmund. Tom's the foolish one.
  • The Gambling Addict: So much so that his debts force Edmund to put off taking the parsonage so that Sir Thomas can sell the living to someone else.
  • The Hedonist: His main activity is enjoying himself however he can and hanging out with a gang of equally-minded young men.
  • Ill Boy: Takes ill with a fever late in the book.

Mrs. Norris

One of Fanny's aunts, Mrs. Norris arranged for Fanny to come to stay at Mansfield Park but treats her badly in order to make sure she knows her place. She's also an inveterate meddler who always involves herself in whatever's going on.

  • Evil Stepmother: Although she's an aunt, she fits this trope. She forbids Fanny from having a fire lit in her room even in winter, tries to prevent Edmund from replacing Fanny's horse (which she rides for health reasons), and belittles her at every opportunity, all in the name of ensuring that Fanny knows her place and is properly grateful for it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She and Maria end up living together—the narrator says that each is the other's penance.
  • Parental Favoritism: Not only does she knock down Fanny in favor of the Miss Bertrams, Mrs. Norris also puts Maria on a pedestal over Julia.
  • Parental Substitute: For the Bertram daughters with very bad results. Their mother is too lazy to bother.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: Even though fostering Fanny was her idea, she goes out of her way to demonize Fanny and blame her for everything that goes wrong. This includes Maria and Henry's affair.
  • Never My Fault: She's the only one in the family who disavows herself of any blame in Maria's disgrace. Instead, she blames Fanny.
  • The Scrooge: Quite miserly. And every time she visits someone else's house, she always makes sure she's gifted something (e.g. cloth or cheese)—at the Park she just takes it.
  • Shipper on Deck: She very much approves of the relationship between Maria and Mr. Rushworth, and badly wants Julia to marry Henry Crawford.

Sir Thomas Bertram

Fanny's uncle by marriage, Sir Thomas is the wealthy owner of Mansfield Park. He is a strict authority figure for his children and his absence for a portion of the story allows them to behave improperly.

  • Happily Married: To Lady Bertram.
  • Genre Savvy: At the beginning he doesn't want to adopt Fanny for fear of Kissing Cousins. He was right.
  • It's All My Fault: Realizes that he was very incorrect in trusting Mrs. Norris with his children at all and in placing wealth over love when it came to marriages for his children.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his sternness, he really does love his children and his wife, and he tries to be kind to Fanny when he returns from Antigua.
  • Parents as People: He tries to correct Mrs. Norris' overindulgence by being stern. This only makes his kids resent him and behave more wildly when he's not around. He also gets very angry at Fanny for refusing Henry Crawford.
  • Put on a Bus: While he's in America, until The Bus Came Back.
  • Shipper on Deck: He wants Fanny to marry Henry Crawford.

Lady Bertram

Another of Fanny's aunts and the wife of Sir Thomas, Lady Bertram is a lazy hypochondriac. She values and depends on Fanny a great deal, but does not mistreat her the way Mrs. Norris does.