This is a wonderful meme hosted by Jen at The Introverted Reader. Every week, you share one literary character that you love with your fellow bloggers. You talk about the character, say why you love them and hope that everyone else will love them too.;) Be sure to post the book’s title and author, and be very careful not to give away spoilers while talking about how much you love your characters.
MY CHARACTER THIS WEEK: Henry Crawford
Henry Crawford is a character in Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park. Henry is a rich gentleman from London, very elegant, extravagant and a bit snobbish, as he feels he is superior to the country folk, being from London and all. He is very charming and flirtatious, and wins the hearts of at least two girls (that we know of) while staying in the countryside. He flirts with Maria Bertram, a cousin of Fanny Price, the protagonist of the novel, although Maria is engaged to be married, and later on in the novel, he complicates Maria’s life with his roguish ways. It can be easily said that Henry is quite immoral.
After Maria’s marriage and departure from Mansfield Park, Henry begins to amuse himself with Fanny Price, the poor relation of the Bertrams, because it is his idea of fun to make her fall in love with him, but then he actually falls in love with her genuinely. Fanny seems to have a good influence on him and there is a chance that Henry might change for the better. That endeared me to Henry: he is a rogue who finds real love, much to his and everyone else’s surprise. I have a soft spot for such characters. However, Henry’s love is unrequited. When he proposes to Fanny, she rejects him for several reasons, and that determines that Henry will not change. He returns back to his old habits and becomes his old, roguish self, destroying a woman in the process.
Despite his highly immoral character, I do find Henry very likeable. He provides me with a fun read. As much as I love Jane Austen, I could never warm up to Mansfield Park and Henry Crawford is definitely the highlight of the novel for me.