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by Jane Austen
Mary Crawford Timeline and Summary
Mary arrives at the Grants' house with her brother Henry. She's determined to find a husband and sets her sights on Tom Bertram. But Mary begins falling for Edmund instead. The two bond over Mary's harp and get closer during a visit to Mr. Rushworth's house. But then Mary is disturbed to find out that Edmund wants to join the clergy. Mary can't decide if Edmund is the man for her or not. Mary accepts a leading role in the play at Mansfield and acts opposite Edmund. After the play breaks up and Henry leaves town, Mary begins spending more time with Fanny. Mary considers Fanny a friend. Henry returns and decides to pursue Fanny; he tells Mary all about his plans, which she finds amusing. Meanwhile, Mary still hopes that Edmund won't become a clergyman and tries to get over him, though without much success. Mary helps Henry try to win over Fanny and gives Fanny a necklace that Henry had given her before a ball. Mary is upset when Edmund leaves to take orders in the church, and she spends even more time with Fanny. Mary is angry when Fanny refuses Henry's proposal, but she quickly gets over it and forgives Fanny. Mary leaves to visit friends in London. She writes to Fanny in Portsmouth and updates her on progress with Edmund. Mary writes to warn Fanny about some rumors regarding Henry, which turn out to be true. Edmund breaks up with Mary after she expresses some very different opinions on the situation with Henry and Maria. Mary continues to live with Mrs. Grant, though now in a new neighborhood, and it takes her quite some time to get over Edmund.