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Miss French was an operator for the telephone company who stayed at the Gump family home as a boarder. One stormy night soon after Forrest's graduation from high school, Miss French invites Forrest into her room with divinities, and does sexual "things" to him. The event convinces Forrest to pursue a relationship with Jenny Curran.
Later in the book, while Forrest is in Vietnam recovering from his gunshot wound, he receives a letter from his mother saying that while Miss French was drying her cat with a hair dryer, she started a fire which burned down the Gump family home.