Opinions of Mansfield Park and Opinions of Emma: Diplomatic Display London British Library, Add. MSS. 41253A
Opinions of Emma.
Captn .Captain Austen. — liked it extremely, observing that though theremight be more Wit in P & P —. & an higher Morality inMP — yet altogether, on account of its' peculiar air of Nature throughout, he preferred it to either.
Mrs . F. A. — liked & admired it very much indeed, but must stillprefer P. & P.
Mrs . J. Bridges — preferred it to all the others.
Miſs Sharp – better than MP. — but not so well as P. & P. — pleasedwith the Heroine for her Originality, delighted with Mr . K —& called Mrs . Elton beyond praise. – diſsatisfied with Jane Fairfax.
Caſsandra — better than P. & P. — but not so well as M. P. —
Fanny K. — not so well as either P. & P. or M P. — could not bearEmma herself. — Mr . Knightley delightful. — Should likeJ. F. – if she knew more of her. —
Mr . & Mrs . J. A. — did not like it so well as either of the 3 others.Language different from the others; not so easily read. –––
Edward. — preferred it to M P. —only. ––– Mr . K. liked by everybody.
Miſs Bigg — not equal to either P & P. — or MP. — objectedto the sameneſs of the subject ( Match-making) – allthrough. — Too much of Mr . Elton & H. Smith. Language superiorto the others. —
My Mother — thought it more entertaining than PMP.1 — but not sointeresting as P. & P. — No characters in it equal to Ly Catherine& Mr . Collins. –––
Miſs Lloyd —thought it as clever as either of the others, but did not receive somuch pleasure from it as from P. & P — & MP. —
Mrs & Miſs Craven — liked it very much, but not so much asthe others. —
Fanny Cage — liked it very much indeed & claſsed it betweenP & P. — & MP. —
Mr . Sherer — did not think it equal to either MP — (which heliked the best of all) or P & P. — Displeased with my
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