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Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

John Yates is Tom Bertram’s friend, whom he brings to Mansfield Park. Yates tells the young people of Mansfield about his recent experience nearly performing in a play, and the young people decide to put on a play of their own, in which Yates plays Baron Wildenheim before the project is quashed. Yates expresses romantic interest in Julia, and elopes with her at the end of the book.
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John Yates Character Timeline in Mansfield Park

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Chapter 13
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Tom’s friend John Yates is also at the ball. Yates came to Mansfield Park on Tom’s invitation after taking... (full context)
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Tom suggests that they put on a play at Mansfield Park, with Yates as manager. Tom becomes fixated on the idea, and it catches with Maria and Julia... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...curtain is being made before the script is even picked. Julia, Maria, Henry, and Mr. Yates want the play to be a tragedy, while Tom and Mary prefer comedy. They vet... (full context)
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...something. He proposes another play, which flops. Then he suggests “Lover’s Vows” (the play that Yates rehearsed for previously). Everyone seems content with this suggestion. Mr. Yates is especially thrilled. He... (full context)
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Yates objects to Julia playing the Cottager’s wife, thinking it is too insignificant a part for... (full context)
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After a short silence, the conversation turns back to the play. Tom and Yates discuss the scenery while Maria talks with Henry. Eventually, Tom and Yates leave to look... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...he is playing Count Casel, and begins to talk about what he will wear. Mr. Yates confirms the chosen play, saying it is surprising they did not think of it earlier,... (full context)
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Tom leaves the room to answer a question posed by the carpenter, and Mr. Yates follows him out. Edmund tells Maria that he cannot condone the play they have chosen,... (full context)
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After dinner, Tom, Maria, and Mr. Yates go into the drawing room to study the play. Henry and Mary arrive. Mary compliments... (full context)
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...has not yet been cast. Mr. Rushworth brags about the number of his speeches. Mr. Yates suggests that Edmund should take the part, but Tom refuses to ask him. (full context)
Chapter 17
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...however, they do not rub it in. Mrs. Norris offers to make Edmund’s costume, Mr. Yates tells him Anhalt is a good part, and Mr. Rushworth counts his lines. (full context)
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...who can no longer deny that Henry prefers Maria, mopes around and flirts with Mr. Yates. Henry hoped to clear the air by complimenting Julia, but quickly becomes distracted by the... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...meet their father, while Fanny stays with the guests. The Crawfords soon leave, but Mr. Yates sticks around. (full context)
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...goes into his room (which has been converted into a green room), where he finds Yates. Sir Thomas is extremely annoyed, and Yates blabbers on about the play gratingly. Sir Thomas... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...as a landowner. Every trace of the play is removed from the house. When Mr. Yates realizes the show will not go on, he is extremely disappointed. (full context)
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At last Mr. Yates leaves as well. Sir Thomas is thrilled, because he loathes Mr. Yates. Finally, Mrs. Norris... (full context)
Chapter 40
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...of Portsmouth. Mary describes how Henry asks about Fanny, how Julia is courted by Mr. Yates, and how Edmund remains at Mansfield. (full context)
Chapter 46
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...know where Maria and Henry have gone, and adding that Julia has eloped with Mr. Yates. Edmund also tells her that Sir Thomas is sending for Fanny to return to Mansfield... (full context)
Chapter 48
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Julia returns to Mansfield and begs the family’s forgiveness, and Mr. Yates, wanting to be approved of, tries hard to appease the family. Tom regains his health,... (full context)
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...so rejected his company in London. The narrator also states that Julia’s elopement with Mr. Yates was catalyzed by Maria’s affair, because Julia feared going home and dealing with her father’s... (full context)