Jane Octavia Brookfield (née Elton) (1821-1896), Wife of William Henry Brookfield
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Jane Elton married William Henry Brookfield, curate of St James's, Piccadilly, in 1841. She maintained an influential literary salon, which included her husband's college friend Alfred Tennyson. Jane Brookfield is chiefly remembered for her association with her husband's acquaintance William Makepeace Thackeray. The two met in 1842, and were close friends for several years. They do not appear to have had an affair, but Thackeray was warned away by Jane's cousin Henry Hallam and the relationship ended with an argument between the Brookfield and Thackeray in 1851. After Thackeray's death in 1863, Jane Brookfield wrote four novels.