Their conversations, however, were not always on subjects so high as history or morals. Others had their hour; and of lesser26 matters, none returned so often, or remained so long between them, as Mansfield Park, a description of the people, the manners, the amusements, the ways of Mansfield Park. Susan, who had an innate27 taste for the genteel and well-appointed, was eager to hear, and Fanny could not but indulge herself in dwelling28 on so beloved a theme. She hoped it was not wrong; though, after a time, Susan’s very great admiration29 of everything said or done in her uncle’s house, and earnest longing30 to go into Northamptonshire, seemed almost to blame her for exciting feelings which could not be gratified.
Poor Susan was very little better fitted for home than her elder sister; and as Fanny grew thoroughly31 to understand this, she began to feel that when her own release from Portsmouth came, her happiness would have a material drawback in leaving Susan behind. That a girl so capable of being made everything good should be left in such hands, distressed32 her more and more. Were she likely to have a home to invite her to, what a blessing33 it would be! And had it been possible for her to return Mr. Crawford’s regard, the probability of his being very far from objecting to such a measure would have been the greatest increase of all her own comforts. She thought he was really good-tempered, and could fancy his entering into a plan of that sort most pleasantly.