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.