Sir Thomas Bertram of Mansfield Park
The clear winner in the first round against feeble Mr. Woodhouse, we trot out Sir Thomas again, wondering how well he will fare in this bout. While Sir Thomas clearly loves his children and is a generous man, he is a stern father and his misguided values allow him to lose sight of their best interests. While Maria is forever lost to him, at the end of the book Sir Thomas sees the error of his ways and begins to make amends to his family, including Fanny. His biggest failings are that his ambitions blind him to his children's welfare, and that he allows Mrs. Norris to exert such a huge influence over Maria and Fanny.
Sir Walter Elliot of Kellynch Hall
Not enough mirrors were made in this world to satisfy this vain popinjay's ego. A man of mean understanding who squandered the family fortune to such an extent that he must rent out his mansion to strangers, he is unable to reign in his extravagant impulses. He prefers to hobnob only with beautiful people and those who are socially important. Although he has (in his mind) devoted himself to his children, he openly prefers his eldest daughter, belittling Anne in front of others, like Mrs. Clay. This snobbish character is unable to distinguish true class (Captain Wentworth vs. William Elliot and Anne vs. Elizabeth), and thus is doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
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