• Mary is on her way to Bodmin to live with her aunt.
• Her mother had passed away a few months earlier, and her father had died when she was six.
• Mary does not want to leave Helford, but she had made a promise to her mother that she would sell the farm and move in with her aunt.
• Mary discovers that her aunt doesn't live in Bodmin, but at Jamaica Inn, with her husband Joss. Patience and Joss are the landlords of Jamaica Inn.
• The driver of the coach that Mary rides in tells her that Jamaica Inn is no place for a respectable woman like herself.
• The driver tells Mary that people do not frequent Jamaica Inn as they had in the past.
• Mary meets her uncle Joss, who is described as a large man, capable of terrible violence.
• Mary observes her aunt is...
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