Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Sir Thomas Bertram Character Analysis

Sir Thomas is Lady Bertram’s husband, Fanny’s uncle by law, and the father of the Bertram children. He is a baronet and the owner of Mansfield Park. Sir Thomas is stoic and severe, but also genuinely loving, and wants what’s best for his children and Fanny. Sir Thomas also has business interests in Antigua (presumably involving the slave trade). In the middle of the book, he leaves for the West Indies to settle some business there, and returns just in time to put an end to the play that his children are putting on. After his return, Sir Thomas treats Fanny very warmly, ensuring that she has what she needs and throwing a ball in her honor.

Sir Thomas Bertram Quotes in Mansfield Park

The Mansfield Park quotes below are all either spoken by Sir Thomas Bertram or refer to Sir Thomas Bertram. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of Mansfield Park published in 2001.
Chapter 1 Quotes

There will be some difficulty in our way, Mrs. Norris…as to the distinction proper to be made between the girls as they grow up… how, without depressing her spirits too far, to make her remember that she is not a Miss Bertram… they cannot be equals. Their rank, fortune, rights, and expectations will always be different.

Related Characters: Sir Thomas Bertram (speaker), Fanny Price, Mrs. Norris
Page Number: 6
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Chapter 28 Quotes

Having…a general prevailing desire of recommending herself to [Sir Thomas], [Mary] took an opportunity of stepping aside to say something agreeable of Fanny.

Related Characters: Fanny Price, Sir Thomas Bertram, Mary Crawford
Page Number: 187-188
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Chapter 48 Quotes

In [Susan’s] usefulness, in Fanny’s excellence, in William’s continued good conduct and rising fame, and in the general well-doing and success of the other members of the family…Sir Thomas saw repeated, and forever repeated reason to rejoice in what he had done for them all, and acknowledge the advantages of early hardship and discipline, and the consciousness of being born to struggle and endure.

Related Characters: Fanny Price, William Price, Sir Thomas Bertram, Susan Price
Page Number: 321
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Sir Thomas Bertram Character Timeline in Mansfield Park

The timeline below shows where the character Sir Thomas Bertram appears in Mansfield Park. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...of the marriages of the three Ward sisters. One had the “good luck” to marry Sir Thomas Bertram , thus enjoying a large income and becoming Lady Bertram. Another sister became Mrs. Norris... (full context)
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...worrying about her inability to provide for all of her offspring. Mrs. Price asks if Sir Thomas can help her oldest boy, William, find a job. (full context)
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Sir Thomas , however, is not so keen on this plan, recognizing the commitment and investment it... (full context)
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Mrs. Norris also guesses that Sir Thomas might be worried about a romantic affair between one of his sons and their cousin.... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...Fanny as a fragile, shy, unremarkable ten-year-old with a sweet voice and an awkward air. Sir Thomas attempts to make her comfortable, but his stoic manner prevents his success. Lady Bertram, meanwhile,... (full context)
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Sir Thomas and Mrs. Norris are satisfied with their scheme to adopt Fanny. However, Fanny’s education is... (full context)
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Sir Thomas helps Mrs. Price find employment for William. The two siblings spend an extremely happy week... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...habit, needs to pay back his debts, and Edmund uses his inheritance for that purpose. Sir Thomas feels that Tom has wronged Edmund by robbing him of part of his inheritance. Tom... (full context)
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Now that Mr. Norris is dead, Sir Thomas expects that Mrs. Norris will take Fanny into her household, desiring company. Lady Bertram, hearing... (full context)
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...Mrs. Norris intends to do everything she can to avoid taking Fanny in. She tells Sir Thomas that the White House, where she lives, is too small for another person since she... (full context)
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Sir Thomas is perplexed, since Mrs. Norris indicated otherwise when they first discussed adopting their niece. However,... (full context)
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Sir Thomas , needing to settle business matters in Antigua, decides to go there himself, and takes... (full context)
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Fanny, likewise, is happy that Sir Thomas is leaving, but feels bad about then. Then Sir Thomas says something critical of her,... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Without Sir Thomas , the family gets along fine. Edmund takes care of the logistics of managing Mansfield... (full context)
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...of attention as she breaks the news to the others. When the family learns that Sir Thomas and Tom have arrived in Antigua safely, Mrs. Norris is sad her imaginings are ruined. (full context)
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...improper since it would elevate her to the status of her cousins. She insists that Sir Thomas would think the same, and to purchase a horse without his permission and given his... (full context)
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...of these arguments. Lady Bertram sides with her son, but thinks they should wait until Sir Thomas returns to make the purchase. Edmund concedes that point, and so he exchanges one of... (full context)
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Sir Thomas , who intended to return in September, sends word that he must stay in Antigua... (full context)
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...together at several balls, Maria and Mr. Rushworth enter into a tentative engagement, contingent on Sir Thomas ’s consent. (full context)
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Sir Thomas , though, indicates via letter that he is thrilled by the match. He insists that... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Soon after their trip to Sotherton, a letter arrives from Sir Thomas in Antigua, informing them that he will return in November since he has finished his... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Though Sir Thomas intends to return to Mansfield in November, Tom comes back at the end of August.... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...they will have no audience anyway, and that they should certainly do the play before Sir Thomas returns, since his voyage will make Lady Bertram nervous and it is better to keep... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...to be proper and tells Fanny to order her dinner. Edmund tells Lady Bertram that Sir Thomas would not like Maria playing Agatha. Maria says that if she drops the part Julia... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...Fanny should read the part instead. Fanny hesitates, but finally agrees—when suddenly Julia announces that Sir Thomas is home. (full context)
Chapter 19
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Everyone is shocked by Sir Thomas ’s sudden arrival. Julia, Edmund, Tom, Maria, and Mr. Rushworth go to meet their father,... (full context)
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Fanny goes to greet her uncle once the Crawfords leave. Sir Thomas greets her much more affectionately than she expected, catching her off guard. He is very... (full context)
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Lady Bertram tells Sir Thomas that the young people have been acting, making everyone nervous that he will respond angrily.... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...about the play debacle, apologize, and say they are all at fault except for Fanny. Sir Thomas accepts his apology. Sir Thomas is, however extremely vexed that Mrs. Norris allowed the play... (full context)
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Sir Thomas takes stock of his estate and resumes his duties as a landowner. Every trace of... (full context)
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In the evening, Sir Thomas lounges in the drawing room while his daughters play music. Maria is nervous while she... (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 removes the theatre curtain she... (full context)
Chapter 21
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With Sir Thomas ’s return to Mansfield, the family is much more somber and less social. Sir Thomas... (full context)
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...she is strange. Edmund rejects that conclusion and proceeds to compliment her, telling her that Sir Thomas has found her very pretty since his return, and wishes she would talk more. Fanny... (full context)
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Fanny mentions the fact that Edmund, Tom, and Sir Thomas are going to eat at Sotherton with Mr. Rushworth tomorrow, and hopes Sir Thomas will... (full context)
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...move to Bath and leave Maria and Mr. Rushworth with the house. Not long after Sir Thomas ’s return, Maria and Mr. Rushworth are married. After the wedding, Maria and Mr. Rushworth... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...house, Lady Bertram asks why Mrs. Grant has invited Fanny. They discuss the fact that Sir Thomas will keep Lady Bertram company. When Sir Thomas is home, Fanny leaves the room and... (full context)
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...it rains that night, Fanny should not expect them to send the carriage for her. Sir Thomas , however, sends Fanny out with the carriage on the way there even without the... (full context)
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...his dishonest flirtation with Maria and Julia, and tells him angrily she is glad that Sir Thomas ended the play. Henry is surprised by her reaction and agrees with her to smooth... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...a lot of time together again, which they have not done since the play. Even Sir Thomas opens up to the Grants. He notices, also, Henry’s increasing attention to Fanny. One night,... (full context)
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...his way to Portsmouth. William tells Mrs. Norris that it is a far trip, and Sir Thomas advises against William going to Brighton since it is so out of the way. (full context)
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Sir Thomas continues to notice Henry’s attention to Fanny. Henry tells them of his plans to rent... (full context)
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William tells Fanny he would like to see her dance at a ball, and asks Sir Thomas , who is sitting nearby, if Fanny is a good dancer. Fanny is embarrassed and... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Sir Thomas , inspired by William’s comment that he has never seen Fanny dance, decides to throw... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...Admiral. William accepts, meaning that he will have to leave Mansfield a few hours earlier. Sir Thomas approves of the idea, since he believes that meeting the Admiral might benefit William’s career. (full context)
Chapter 28
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Sir Thomas tells Fanny that she and Henry are to open the ball, much to Fanny’s surprise... (full context)
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...dancing with Edmund, Fanny is out of breath and must sit down. William, Henry, and Sir Thomas keep her company, and they make plans to have breakfast the next morning before Henry... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...have to get used to it since Edmund will soon be moving away for good. Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram express sadness that all their children are leaving the nest. Julia, who... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...forget about it. Henry plans to do even more for Fanny’s happiness than Edmund and Sir Thomas have. (full context)
Chapter 31
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Fanny is then about to leave to tell Sir Thomas when Henry stops her, and tells her that everything he did for William he did... (full context)
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...sure that Henry has left. She then goes down from her room to talk with Sir Thomas about the happy news of the promotion. Sir Thomas tells her Henry is coming to... (full context)
Chapter 32
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...house again that day, but he does not come up to the East Room. Instead, Sir Thomas comes in and is surprised to find that Fanny has no fire going despite the... (full context)
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Sir Thomas then tells Fanny that Henry came to talk to him about his love for her,... (full context)
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Sir Thomas presses Fanny about why she does not like Henry, and Fanny wants to tell him... (full context)
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Sir Thomas returns a half hour later to tell Fanny that Henry is gone. Sir Thomas promises... (full context)
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...was going out so she could give her some errands to do. Fanny believes that Sir Thomas ’s anger is abated when he sees how badly Mrs. Norris treats Fanny. Fanny hopes... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Sir Thomas waits until the next day to hear the news of what happened during their meeting.... (full context)
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Sir Thomas tells Fanny that he spoke with Henry, and thinks he is an exceptional man. Fanny... (full context)
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Sir Thomas ends up telling Lady Bertram and Mrs. Norris what has happened, but even Mrs. Norris... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...rides into town, especially since he extended his stay in an attempt to avoid Mary. Sir Thomas updates Edmund on William’s promotion and Henry’s proposal. (full context)
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Henry calls on the family the next day to say hello to Edmund, and Sir Thomas invites him to dinner. Later that night, Edmund and Henry walk into the drawing room... (full context)
Chapter 35
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Henry makes his plans to leave Mansfield for London, and Sir Thomas determines to try once more to help Henry win over Fanny before he goes. Edmund,... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Edmund and Sir Thomas discuss Fanny and Henry once again, with both agreeing that Fanny will be convinced to... (full context)
Chapter 37
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Sir Thomas looks out for signs that Fanny seems sad that Henry is gone. He asks Edmund... (full context)
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William, who has a leave of absence, heads to Mansfield to spend time with Fanny. Sir Thomas wishes to organize for Fanny to return with William to Portsmouth after his visit, to... (full context)
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...Bertram, who is so dependent on Fanny, will not be able to function without her. Sir Thomas , however, tells Lady Bertram that she should think of it as a sacrifice. Mrs.... (full context)
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Mrs. Norris is upset when Sir Thomas gives William money for the trip, unhappy to see someone else be the recipient of... (full context)
Chapter 44
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...be going fine. Edmund tells Fanny that the Grants are moving to Bath, and that Sir Thomas will not be able to pick her up when he intended to. He sends love... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...In her reply to Mary, Fanny ultimately rejects the offer, saying it is up to Sir Thomas when she should return. (full context)
Chapter 46
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...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 tomorrow, and that Susan is welcome to... (full context)
Chapter 47
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Lady Bertram tells how, upon learning the news via letter, Sir Thomas and Edmund went to London to find Maria, but did not succeed, and a unhappy... (full context)
Chapter 48
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...that Edmund will never marry Mary, is very happy. Edmund, meanwhile, is very upset, and Sir Thomas even more so, as he blames himself for his daughters’ disgraces. (full context)
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...and following his illness he is much more considerate and responsible. Edmund’s spirits improve, and Sir Thomas slowly begins to blame himself less, but he does think that Maria and Julia’s upbringing... (full context)
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...exactly to do with her. Mrs. Norris blames Fanny for Maria’s downfall, an accusation that Sir Thomas rejects. Mrs. Norris and Maria move far away and live together, their income provided for... (full context)
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...her, and Fanny admits that she has been in love with him the whole time. Sir Thomas approves of the match, finally getting the kind and good daughter he’d wanted. (full context)
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Sir Thomas , observing how good Fanny, William, and Susan are, thinks that struggle in early childhood... (full context)