Characters / Lady Susan

Lady Susan:

  • Evil Feels Good:
    Lady Susan: I call on you, dear Alicia, for congratulations: I am my own self, gay and triumphant! ... I hope you will be satisfied with my speech. Its effect on Reginald justifies some portion of vanity, for it was no less favourable than instantaneous. Oh, how delightful it was to watch the variations of his countenance while I spoke! to see the struggle between returning tenderness and the remains of displeasure. There is something agreeable in feelings so easily worked on; not that I envy him their possession, nor would, for the world, have such myself; but they are very convenient when one wishes to influence the passions of another.
  • For the Evulz:
    Lady Susan: I have disconcerted [Reginald] already by my calm reserve, and it shall be my endeavour to humble the pride of these self important De Courcys still lower, to convince Mrs. Vernon that her sisterly cautions have been bestowed in vain, and to persuade Reginald that she has scandalously belied me. This project will serve at least to amuse me.
  • Gold Digger: She wants to marry a super wealthy guy.
  • Manipulative Bitch:
    Lady Susan: I could not reconcile it to myself to force Frederica into a marriage from which her heart revolted, and instead of adopting so harsh a measure merely propose to make it her own choice, by rendering her thoroughly uncomfortable till she does accept him.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She manages to seduce Reginald who is ten years younger.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?:
    Lady Susan
    Letter 19: She is actually falling in love with Reginald De Courcy! To disobey her mother by refusing an unexceptionable offer is not enough; her affections must also be given without her mother's approbation. ... Artlessness will never do in love matters; and that girl is born a simpleton who has it either by nature or affectation.
    Letter 25: [Frederica's] idle love for Reginald, too! It is surely my duty to discourage such romantic nonsense.

Frederica Vernon

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She is extremely bewildered at the thought that someone would be kind to her without ulterior motives.
  • Book Worm: She loves reading and always finds her way to a library.
  • Character Development: She grows increasingly plucky and assertive over the course of the story.
  • English Rose: She's very pretty young girl with delicate complexion, pleasant oval face and mild dark eyes. She also timid, good-hearted girl and extremely shy and dejected because of her mother. However, to the Vernons she's very affectionate.
  • Friend to All Children: Her little cousins all become very fond of her.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Evilness is not hereditary. Street smarts are.
  • Guile Heroine: Living in the shadow of her mother never taught her a thing about evereything you can do with deviousness and social skills. It did, however, give her the time to think of all the things which can thwart them.
  • Hero Antagonist: She seems harmless, woobtastic enough, untill she becomes a major threat to her mother's plans.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The Tear Jerker reveal of her real personality is both a relief and a proof that Lady Susan saw her chance at redemption, and trod upon it repeatedly untill she had beaten out trust and self-esteem.
  • Nerves of Steel: Like her mother, she never loses her cool. Unlike her mother, she has not learnt to submit all emotions to her selfish will, but rather to quickly find a way to get rid of the abuser in emergency situations.
  • Shrinking Violet: A sadly Justified example.
  • Undying Loyalty: To her father, and later the Vernons. Subverted Trope when it comes to her mother.

Catherine Vernon

Mrs Alicia Vernon

Lady de Courcy

Sir James Martin

Mr. Reginald De Courcy

Charles Vernon