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Jane Fairfax Timeline and Summary
Jane arrives in Highbury to stay with her aunt and grandmother, Miss and Mrs. Bates. We learn her history: Jane is the daughter of an army officer. A friend of her father’s, Colonel Campbell, raises her after her father dies. Jane spent time in Weymouth with the colonel’s family. She met Frank there. When the colonel’s daughter gets married, Jane leaves. She plans to be a governess. Jane receives a piano from an anonymous friend. Jane plays Mrs. Cole’s piano at a party. The new Mrs. Elton decides to "protect" Jane. Ugh. Mrs. Elton tries to find Jane a position as a governess. Tired of her family and friends, Jane runs away from the party at Mr. Knightley’s. She meets Frank on the road; they fight. Jane gets upset after Frank and Emma flirt scandalously. Frank leaves; Jane becomes very ill. She refuses to see Emma. Jane takes a position as a governess with a family friend of Mrs. Elton’s. After Mrs. Churchill dies, Frank comes back to make their engagement public. Mrs. Weston visits Jane to congratulate her. Once the engagement is public, Emma and Jane become friends.