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Born in 1888 in Caxley, Dolly Clare is a staple of village life in Fairacre and Beech Green, teaching at Fairacre school for forty years and continuing to have a quiet, peaceful influence on life around her after her retirement.
After losing her lover, Arnold, in the first World War, Miss Clare continued to live alone in her family's cottage in Beech Green and bicycle to Fairacre each day as she had done since her childhood. Although she took in several boarders, including, notably, Hilary Jackson, she was happiest living for several years with her lifelong friend Emily Davis at the end of Emily's life.
Miss Clare first appears in Chapter 2 of Village School, and appears in many of the Fairacre books as Miss Read's friend. She narrates Miss Clare Remembers and plays a large role in Emily Davis.