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by Jane Austen
Henry Crawford Timeline and Summary
Henry arrives at Mansfield with his sister Mary. He quickly sets to work making the Bertram sisters fall in love with him. Henry flirts with both Maria and Julia during the trip to Mr. Rushworth's house. But he starts showing a definite preference for Maria. During the play, Henry slights Julia and breaks her heart. Maria is convinced that Henry loves her. But when Sir Thomas returns, Henry skips out on Maria. Later Henry returns and starts pursuing Fanny for fun. But he then starts to actually fall in love with Fanny. He helps her brother get a promotion in order to get in her good graces. Henry confesses his love of Fanny to Mary, and she's excited for him and the prospect of it. He then proposes to Fanny, who refuses him. Henry is extremely confused, as is everyone else at Mansfield. But Henry decides that Fanny just needs some time so he refuses to give up pursuing her. He comes to visit her in Portsmouth to continue his courtship. But then he re-encounters Maria. The two begin an affair and Maria leaves her husband for Henry. But they are miserable together and eventually break-up.