Her sister suffers after the birth of her daughter and Mary comes to aid her. Mary also notices her sister is depressed and it is said she was in an abusive marriage with Meredith Bishop. Mary takes Eliza away from her abusive marriage leaving the baby behind. The baby died and left Eliza with a bad reputation causing her to never re-marry. Fanny, Eliza, and Mary open a school for girls in Newington Green.