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ha-ha

A barrier in the form of a trench; usually used to prevent livestock from crossing; a sunken fence.
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Orlando Falkland's slipping into the ha-ha issues in the novel's plot and its principal moral dilemmas.
He has fallen into the ha-ha after being encouraged to leap over it by Sir Edward Audley, whose sister is Dolly's friend:
Inger Sigrun Brodey has read the ha-ha in Mansfield Park in terms of an ambivalence regarding authority: the ha-ha acts, on the one hand, as a form of authority that relies on external constraint--"restriction that is imposed externally," against which the young inhabitants of Mansfield rebel--but also more desirably in "the authority that is felt in more subtle ways, in the form of an internal conscience or sense of delicacy" (93), which Fanny possesses.