Summarize the short story "The Mission of Jane" by Edith Wharton.

"The Mission of Jane" is about Alice and Julian Lethbury, two people in an unhappy marriage who decide to adopt a baby named Jane. Jane eventually brings them together, fulfilling what the narrator calls "her mission."

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Edith Wharton ’s short story “The Mission of Jane” is about a couple who adopt a child named Jane. The story begins with the couple at dinner. The young woman is named Alice Lethbury, and she is married to a man named Julian Lethbury. Their marriage lacks passion and excitement,...

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Edith Wharton’s short story “The Mission of Jane” is about a couple who adopt a child named Jane. The story begins with the couple at dinner. The young woman is named Alice Lethbury, and she is married to a man named Julian Lethbury. Their marriage lacks passion and excitement, and Alice wants to adopt a baby to change this. She is nervous to tell Julian about it, and when she does, he is not thrilled. However, he ends up agreeing to do it. They go to the hospital to take home the child and learn her name is Jane. Alice does not like that name, but Julian insists that they keep it.

Already, the reader begins to see that Jane is changing this couple’s relationship. In the hospital, Julian begins to look at Alice differently and sees her as a more complex, capable woman now that she is becoming a mother. Alice is also seemingly happier than she has been in years. The story then skips to when Jane is ten years old and Julian begins to doubt Alice’s happiness. She takes good care of Jane but seems to be depressed. Julian then realizes that he has to play a role in helping his wife and in particular in educating Jane. Eventually, Jane grows up and marries a man named Mr. Budd. When she leaves the house, Julian has to tear her away from her mother’s arms. Once she leaves Julian and Alice share a tender moment and he suggests they go out to dinner at a restaurant. The narrator sums up the significance of this moment by saying: “Jane had fulfilled her mission after all: she had drawn them together at last.”

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