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"Jane was not brilliant, and had probably never made a remark worth listening to in her life; but she never said anything that would hurt anyone's feelings – which may be a negative talent but is likewise a rare and enviable one."
Anne's House of Dreams, Chapter 2[src]

Jane Inglis (née Andrews) was the daughter of Harmon Andrews and Mrs. Andrews, the sister of Billy, Gracie and Ralph, the wife of Mr. Inglis and one of Anne Shirley's friends and classmates.


Early life[]

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.

School life[]

Jane attended Avonlea School in September 1871 along with Ruby, Diana, Charlie and Moody.

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.

Queen's Academy[]

Jane was clever and did well in school. She became a member of Muriel Stacy's special class for students who wanted to be a teacher and attend Queen's Academy.

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".

Teacher's career[]

In September 1881, Jane became a teacher in Newbridge school. Anne didn't agree with her educational principles, because Jane wanted to physically punish her students.

Jane taught there for two years and earned her name on the Inspector's roll of honor. When Anne went to Kingsport and attended Redmond College, Jane took her place at school in Avonlea and also taught Davy and Dora Keith.

"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]

Later she left Avonlea and Prince Edward Island and went to the west. Jane taught there and met Mr. Inglis, who fell in love with her.


"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 as his wealth meant that he had servants for the cooking.

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]

Physical appearance[]

"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 whip 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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