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The Novel

What Jane Austen knew about her characters but never included in her novels, according to members of her family...

Emma Sequel & Allusion Notes: The Characters Beyond the Novel

"She would, if asked, tell us many little particulars about the subsequent career of some of her people. In this traditionary way we learned that...Mr. Woodhouse survived his daughter's marriage, and kept her and Mr. Knightley from settling at Donwell, about two years; and that the letters placed by Frank Churchill before Jane Fairfax, which she swept away unread, contained the word "pardon."

- James Edward Austen-Leigh, Memoir (1870)

"According to a less well-known tradition, the delicate Jane Fairfax lived only another nine or ten years after her marriage to Frank Churchill."

- Austen-Leigh and Le Faye, Jane Austen: A Family Record (1989), p. 216