Jane Provost (pseudonymously called “Jane Dean” in the poem “Pale Fire”) is Shade’s secretary and typist. She sets Hazel Shade up on a blind date with her cousin, Pete Provost, which goes terribly awry. Pete ultimately rejects Hazel, which leads Hazel to drown herself in a lake. After Shade’s death, Kinbote tracks Jane down and interviews her about the Shade family.
Jane Provost Character Timeline in Pale Fire
The timeline below shows where the character Jane Provost appears in Pale Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Pale Fire: Canto Two
Commentary: Lines 230-348
Commentary: Lines 367-434