<Edition>The Novels of Jane Austen. 2nd ed. R. W. Chapman, ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1926</Edition>
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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 . . .