There's also some gossip in the air. Jane meets the newest guest, Miss Heartwright, and finds out her scandalous past with a man named Captain East.
Miss Charming is not thrilled by Miss Heartwright, because she doesn't want to have any more competition in the house. She "withered like a carrot forgotten in the back of the refrigerator" (5.111). And being compared to a vegetable is never a good thing, you couch potato, you. (Let's leave the great potato debate for another time.)