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Jane was born in 1865 in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, to Harmon Andrews and his wife. She was raised along with her older brother Billy and her best friend Ruby Gillis. Years later, her younger siblings, Gracie and Ralph, were born.
She became a member of Story Club, though she admitted she felt silly when she was to read them aloud. Anne commented that Jane's stories were often rather dull as a result of Jane's sensible personality and lack of imagination.
She passed the test and was accepted for the Academy. In September 1880, Jane started her studies at Queen's and she studied there for one year. She did well, "[carrying] off the honors in the domestic science course".
- "Its awful lonesome here without you but grate fun in school. Jane andrews [sic] is crosser than you."
- —Davy Keith's letter about the new teacher to Anne.[src]
- "What with all the diamonds and white satin and tulle and lace and roses and orange blossoms, prim little Jane was almost lost to sight."
- —Anne Shirley about Jane's wedding dress.[src]
In summer 1887 Jane married Mr. Inglis, a millionaire from Winnipeg. They spent their honeymoon in Europe, then they stayed in his house in Winnipeg. Jane was very good at cooking, but her husband wouldn't let her use her skill.
Jane and her husband had together only one son. He enlisted to World War I in September 1914 (along with his cousin and sons of her mother's friends - Jack Wright, Stella's son, Priscilla's son and Philippa's two sons).
- "Even Billy Andrews' boy is going—and Jane's only son—and Diana's little Jack. Priscilla's son has gone from Japan and Stella's from Vancouver—and both the Rev. Jo's boys. Philippa writes that her boys 'went right away, not being afflicted with her indecision.'"
- —Anne tells Ingleside news of the boys going off to war[src]
- "Plain, plodding, conscientious Jane."
- —Jane at Queen's[src]
Jane is described as being a plain girl with brown hair.
Jane was a humble and practical girl, often following the rules and conventions. As a teacher, she appeared to be prim and strict, not questioning the idea of using the strap to discipline her students if necessary. Anne often commented that Jane lacked a lively imagination due to her sensible personality and that Jane often felt silly when reading aloud her stories. Despite their differences, she was good friends with Anne, Ruby, and Diana. Though Jane rarely said anything worth listening to, she was naturally tactful and would never say anything to hurt anyone's feelings.
Jane is a female given name of Hebrew origin and means God is gracious.
- Jane shared her name with Jane Burr, Jane Drew, Jane Edmonds, Jane Elliott, Jane Ellen Fletcher, Jane Goldwin, Jane Marden, Jane Nelson, Jane Sharp, Flora Jane Spencer, Louisa Jane Spencer and Jane Anne.
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