The other day I wrote to my niece:
For entertainment, Mary, Uncle John and I are reading Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" together. That's one of Mary's favorite books.
John reading to us
She wrote back immediately:
I must say very briefly that I REALLY like "Mansfield Park" - read it in July and it's probably my favorite of the Austen novels I've read thus far. It seems even a bit deeper than some of her other novels. (Just finished "Persuasion.") Austen's characters have a depth of character. In spite of what Sarah Anne says about "Emma," I really liked it if only for the character of Mr. Knightly.( I confess, that's exactly what I like about "Emma.")