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by Jane Austen
Fanny Price Timeline and Summary
Fanny comes to Mansfield from her home in Portsmouth as a girl. Fanny has a hard time adjusting to her new life and grows up timid and shy. She falls in love with her cousin Edmund at a young age. Fanny grows increasingly jealous once Mary Crawford arrives and begins to grow close to Edmund. Fanny accompanies everyone on a trip to Mr. Rushworth's house. Mary and Edmund leave Fanny, and Fanny then has a series of awkward encounters with all the major characters while never leaving her bench. Fanny is the only young person to not participate in the play at Mansfield. Instead, Fanny is forced to listen to everyone complain and has to read lines with people. Fanny grows increasingly jealous of Mary. Sir Thomas returns home and is much more affectionate towards Fanny. Mary approaches Fanny as a friend and the two spend time together once Maria and Julia leave town. Fanny is thrilled when her brother William comes to visit her. Henry Crawford decides to pursue Fanny romantically as a joke, but ends up actually falling in love with her. Fanny attends her very first ball. Henry proposes to Fanny but she refuses him. Everyone is shocked by her refusal and Fanny is under siege from everyone who's trying to convince her to change her mind. Sir Thomas sends Fanny to visit her family in Portsmouth. Fanny is dismayed by her family and comes to consider Mansfield her real home. Henry continues to pursue Fanny in Portsmouth. Fanny bonds with her younger sister Susan. Fanny receives a series of shocking letters from Mansfield: Tom is sick, Julia eloped, and Maria left her husband for Henry. Fanny and Susan return to Mansfield with Edmund. Edmund tells Fanny that his relationship with Mary is over. Eventually, Edmund and Fanny get married.