Jane is the daughter of a doctor. Her mother died when she was born and her upbringing has been very conventional for the 1840's. At the age of eleven, she is humiliated by a older girl and decides to do all she can to become a lady and change her tomboyish ways. This is where I found Jane to be so silly. When she is fifteen, she accepts a marriage proposal and travels to the frontier of Oregon to join her fiance. The voyage itself begins to test Jane's most cherished notions of being a lady; and, once she reaches Oregon, things become even worse. The humor is great although there is a great deal of sadness in the story as well. Reading about how Jane reacts to her circumstances was very entertaining and made this book a worthwhile read. Although Jane is the only really fleshed-out character in the book, there are other interesting personalities who add spice to the tale in small ways. I would like to have been to know more about them as well.
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