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The first sentence is a fragment, the indefiniteness of the possessive pronoun "his" operating by way of mistakenness, that divine virtue, granting access to both father and son.
These pedagogical scenarios, rather than demonstrating a position of mistakenness from which the protagonist develops in order to attain a higher wisdom--function as a pattern for the remainder of Mansfield Park: a pattern according to which Fanny's sense of herself, and our own sense of her, repeatedly relies upon a sense of her inadequacies.
In this strange play, Shakespeare clearly intimates the mistakenness of Thersites' undiscriminating excremental voice and the absolute cynicism that prompts it.