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This is a list of the characters in Enid Blyton's series of books St. Clare's

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Introduced in The Twins at St. Clare's

    Patricia and Isabel O' Sullivan 
  • Always Identical Twins: The only difference seems to be Pat has more freckles than Isabel.
  • Character Development: They start as petulant snobs but mellows a lot for the end of the first book.
  • Character Title: In the first two books, though they don't have a lot of protagonism in the second one.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: In one book, Isabel accidentally comes across the answers to a prescribed test and ends up reading them. She ends up wracked by guilt, but it turns out the test was actually for another class, so she was fine (but she ended up being so relieved she screwed up some of the questions.)
  • Demoted to Extra: Their roles gets increasingly smaller as the series progress, the focus often emphasized more on the newer students that were introduced in the book.
  • In-Series Nickname: Patricia is always called Pat by her family and friends.
  • Twin Switch: In the first book, Pat can't go to the town unless she does the chores and fagging for the older girls so Isabel takes her place and Pat goes to to town despite the punishment. It works, but Pat feels guilty after Belinda Towers gives her a place in the lacrosse team, so she confess it to Belinda.

    Janet Robins 
  • Gone Horribly Right: In the second book she pranks Mam'zelle by putting bugs in the latter's glasses case and then, along with the rest of the classroom, pretend not see them. Mam'zelle thinks she is actually suffering from hallutinations and winds up in the infirmary.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In the Pamela Cox's book Third Form at St. Clare's she resents Carlotta after the latter is made head of the form. Unlike other examples she knows it's wrong and feels guilty every time her envy controls her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She becomes best friends with Bobby. Also Birds of a Feather, given their mutual love for pranks.
  • The Prankster: Always willing to get a good laugh with a practical prank. Her favourite victim is Mam'zelle.

    Hillary Wentworth 
  • Continuity Error: Hilary was described as a "cheeky-looking blonde" in the first book. In later books, she was always described as dark.
  • Nice Girl: Always kind and helpful to her classmates.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She is head girl in all the books sans Second Grade. The only reason she is not chosen for the position at the end of Fifth Grade is because her family is moving to India.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives one to Angela in Fifth Grade in regards of Angela abusing her power over the first years the entire year.

Introduced in The O' Sullivan Twins

    Alison O' Sullivan 
  • Aesop Amnesia: She has learned several times to not put people in a pedestal, but she always repeats that mistake. She ends Claudine at St Clare's standing up to Angela and changing their relationship dynamic just to go back to the same in Fifth Formers. In fairness to Alison, she's certainly not the only character with this issue.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Her admiration of Sadie and Angela resembles a crush. Her mentions of their beauty don't help.
  • Brainless Beauty: Alison is described as having big blue eyes and a sweet smile, and she almost always gets low marks.
  • Hero-Worshipper: She's always looking for someone to admire, gush and slave after. Usually, that "someone" is a more attractive girl or teacher.
  • Hidden Depths: When Alison wakes up to find Sadie missing, she immediately recalls Sadie's previous kidnapping in America, and wakes up Pat and Isabel to double-check her instinct to wake up a teacher (she's right). In a later book, when she finds out that one of the younger girls is being mistreated, she immediately swings into action to put a stop to it.
  • Spoiled Sweet: This is also the probable cause of her Brainless Beauty persona. We never see Alison's father (or even have it confirmed she has one!); her old nurse (who is still employed by her mother) all but worships her and constantly talks about how pretty she is, and her mother is very much like Alison, only far more so. It's said once that Alison is always much sillier in the first couple of weeks of term(which is also when all her Hero Worshipping starts), probably due to her home life (which could also explain both her low marks, if she grew up in a household where intelligence and scholarly effort weren't valued, and even her habit of idolising people who are always far more confident and usually accomplished than her - an insecure teenager simply looking for guidance?). Alison tends to drive her more sensible classmates to frustration and annoyance frequently, but never actual dislike. It's said more than once "But there was no meanness or spite in Alison".
  • Swapped Roles: More of a partial one in one of the Pamela Cox books. Alison is very kind towards a first-former, who in turn hero-worships her. It's not until she mentions it as a problem to her form that what Alison is being treated the way she treated other people over the years and should know how to deal with a younger version of herself.

    Margery Fenworthy 
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Her classmates realize she was innocent and apologize for their bullying and her father finally acknowledges her.
  • Expelled from Every Other School: According to a girl who used to be at a school Margery went to tells the O'Sullivans that she kept getting expelled due to rudeness and disrespect. The teachers at St Clare's try to give her more of a chance and let some of her rude behaviour slide, although she almost gets thrown out of her history class entirely.
  • Freudian Excuse: Several other students rightly guessed that her behaviour problems stem from a difficult past.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Very ill tempered due to her problems at home and being in first year despite being sixteen years old. For example, she completely loses it when Miss Lewis confiscates a letter from her family. She gets better.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Margery admires her father very much, but he disapproves her constant conflict with her stepmother and sends her to St. Clare for her bad behaviour, completely ignoring his own role in the issue. Suffice to say, his "betrayal" only makes her worse.
  • Working Out Their Emotions: Margery Fenworthy is an angsty teen and she often directs her anger and frustration into sport (which she's very good at): "She plays games and does gym as if she was fighting someone all the time."

    Lucy Oriell 
  • The Ace: Archetypal popular school story girl. Pretty, smart, kind, from a good family, loved by her entire class...
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: Her worst subject. She aces everything at school and only maths is hard for her.
  • Nice Girl: She's always kind to everyone, even people who don't deserve it.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She's very bright and popular, and she's obviously a pampered girl loved by her family, and girls and teachers at St. Clare's. Her family has money until her father's accident but she is never a snob. She's always sweet and kind to everyone, even to girls and adults at school who don't deserve it.
  • Teen Genius: She competes with girls two years her senior to get a scholarship. She gets it (although it's also mentioned that she gets special coaching from the staff to help her compete, because she's so awesome they really want to keep her. However, she gets moved up a year with no problems).

Introduced in Summer Term at St Clare's

    Carlotta Brown 
  • Ambiguously Brown: She is described as "dark like a gypsy", but it is never really confirmed that she is one.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She rides off to rescue Sadie, calls her circus friends to help and then gets Sadie back to school.
  • Circus Brat: Carlotta was raised in a circus, and is often described as a fickle little monkey due to her wild Circus antics.
  • Characterization Marches On: Even if they went for separate ways for a while, it was clear that for the end of Summer Term, she and Pam were very good friends. In Fifth Formers she doesn't share her study room with Pam and the other girls even think she would share it with Hilary because "they have always been good friends" despite Hilary not being more friendly to Carlotta than to the rest of the class.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: In Summer Term she flies into a rage and 'addressed the startled teacher with a flurry of furious words in Spanish, some of which Mam'zelle unfortunately understood'. It doesn't end well.

    Roberta "Bobby" Ellis 
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: In Summer Terms she doesn't give her all in lessons or sports because she prefers to have fun. Miss Theobald calls her out of it.
  • Heel Realization: She never was a bad person, but she realizes that for lazing around she is wasting her parents' money, the school resources and her own talent.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Janet.
  • In-Series Nickname: Just the teachers call her Roberta and for the end of the series nobody actually does it.
  • The Prankster: Her biggest hobby and she never completely gets over it.
  • Tomboyish Name: Her given name is Roberta but she goes by Bobby.

    Prudence Arnold 
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Other girls at school don't socialize with her and later she's outright ostracised. Justifed, given her nasty personality.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: She tries to cheat in a test but she is caught red handed.
  • Holier Than Thou: She is always judging other girls and thinking of herself as an exemplary student and person.
  • Hypocrite: She talks a lot about morality and good behaviour but then she decides to cheat in a test and is only sorry that she got caught.
  • In-Series Nickname: The girls call her "Sour Milk" whenever she makes a cruel comment.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Her last attempt of ruining Carlotta ends with Sadie being kidnapped and Prudence being interrogated by the police and kicked out of St Clare's
  • Spoiled Brat: Miss Theobald thinks she could have been better "if only her parents had punished her instead of just getting upset and begging her to be better".

    Pamela Boardman 
  • Characterization Marches On: At the end of Summer Term she and Carlotta became really good friends, though Pam was left behind because she was too young for second grade and temporally changed schools. In Fifth Grade Pam decides to share her study room with Doris and the narration states Pam "never had a real friend", despite Carlotta helping Pam to get rid of Prudence.
  • Extreme Doormat: To Prudence. She gets better later on.
  • Put on a Bus: In Second Grade it's explained she was too young for second grade. Fifth Term reveals she changed schools for a while.
  • Shrinking Violet: One of the reasons she is so fixated in study it's because she is really shy. Prudence takes advantage of this.
  • Stress Vomit: Not exactly, but Pam becomes so scared of her "friendship" with Prudence that it makes her physically ill. When she recovers, Carlotta befriends her instead.

    Sadie Greene 
  • Damsel in Distress: She has been almost kidnapped in the past. She is kidnapped again at the end of the book.
  • The Ditz: Her only concern seems to be clothes and celebrities.
  • Funny Foreigner: The "airhead and irresponsible American" variety put among English school girls.
  • Skewed Priorities: After almost being kidnapped a second time her only concern is that the incident undid her hairstyle.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She's an American girl, obviously very pampered and used to best treatment. She's revealed to come from a very prominent family. She's ditzy and interested mainly in her appearance, clothes, hair, beauty procedures and celebrities. For all her shallowness, she is really nice to everybody. Alison is infatuated with her and basically adores her.

Introduced in Second Form At St Clares'

    Elsie Fanshawe 
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: She ends thoroughly humilliated when her attemp of making Ms. Jenkins catch the girls throwing a midnight party ends with her looking like a complete fool.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Prudence Arnold, being spiteful, an outcast among the form, and even snobbish at times.

    Anna Johnson 
  • Character Development: She starts off too lazy to do anything. When she is made joint head-girl with Elsie, she starts to show some signs of leadership, as the other girls don't accept Elsie. Anna doesn't necessarily want to accept leadership, but does it since she's as sick of Elsie as everyone else.

    Gladys Hillman 
  • The Ace: After she gets better from her depression she is revealed to be a great student and athlete on top of being a Master Actor.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shy and a bit of an doormat, but she stood up to Mirabel twice when she thought her friend was making a mistake.
  • Ill Girl: Not her, but her mother. The possibility of her mother dying kept her depressed for a good part of Second Grade until she befriended Mirabel.
  • Master Actor: She is considered a prodigy of acting, to the point Ms Quentin completely changes her tune after seeing her act.
  • Shrinking Violet: Initially very withdrawn, mostly because of her mother's condition. She blooms and opens up later when others notice her talent in acting.

    Mirabel Unwin 

Introduced in Claudine at St Clares

    Angela Favorleigh 
  • Aesop Amnesia: She learns to be more humble at the end of Claudine at St Clare. She is back to her old self for the next book.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Everyone thinks Angela looks like an angel, but she's catty, manipulative and snobbish, and uses her looks to get her own way at times.
  • Rich Bitch: Loaded and a stuck up jerk.

    Pauline Jones 
  • Red Herring: Angela suspects she was the thief because she lied about her family's wealth.

    Eileen Paterson 

  • Affably Evil: A good-natured, friendly girl who doesn't let social and school rules get in the way of letting her do whatever she wants, including locking a staff member in a cupboard and getting her little sister to ruin a school meeting.
  • Funny Foreigner: Subverted in that her humour comes from her rebellious nature rather than being French, but she is defined by being Mam'zelle's niece and uses American slang and dislikes sports and the outdoors, in contrast to the other girls.

Introduced In Fifth Formers At St Clares

    Felicity Ray 
  • Book Dumb: Not a very good student since she spends more of the time focused in her music.
  • Stage Mom: Her parents want her to take the music exam despite her being too young for it. They finally back down how they realize how much the stress is hurting her.

    Anne-Marie Logden 
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She is jealous of Felicity's talent and Allison's closeness to Ms Willson.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Her opinion of her poetry. The others consider it pretentious nonsense.

    Alma Pudden 
  • Big Eater: She is always eating. Justified because her glands issues.
  • Fat Bastard: Obese and unpleasant.
  • Fat Slob: Pauline describes her eating as "ruminating like a cow".
  • Ill Girl: She suffers from an unespecified glands issue that causes her to eat compulsively.

Introduced In the Pamela Cox additions

    Libby Francis 
A horse-crazy girl who attends as a day girl for one term before leaving for America.

Libby's cousin. She also attends St Clare's as a day girl, and is very girly.
  • Fatal Flaw: Jealousy, mainly directed at Carlotta for being welcomed into her family, and Rachel because they both want to be Alison's best friend.
  • Tomboy And Girly Girl: The girly girl to Libby's tomboy.

    Rachel Denman 
The daughter of two actors who leaves drama school to experience "real life".
  • Break the Haughty: Fern tries to invoke this when she discovers Rachel's secret, but since Rachel has stopped showing off, the other girls all take Rachel's side.
  • Brainy Brunette: An early chapter states that Rachel is very good at her lessons, especially English, to the point that she even writes the third form's play. Her only flaw is that she can't master a French accent.
  • Cope by Pretending: Rachel can't face the idea that she won't have a future in the theatre, so pretends at the start of the book that she wants to follow in her parents' footsteps. Janet later suggests she can still have a future in the theatre as a playwright or director.
  • The Reveal: She actually left drama school when the head of the school said she didn't have enough talent and that she would do better at a regular school.

    Amanda Wilkes 
A younger girl who joins the third form, while her sister is in the second form. She becomes close with Isabel.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: A friendship variety - she knows that Isabel has a twin who is coming back later, and worries she will lose Isabel's friendship when Pat arrives.

    Kitty Flaherty 
A mischievous Irish girl who stays at St Clare's for one term while her parents are working. She also brings her pet goat, Mc Ginty, with her.
  • Funny Foreigner: Even though Ireland isn't that far away from England, the girls still see Kitty as an unusual kid, as she has a unique way of speaking, red hair and is outspoken and amusing.

    Morag Stuart 
A Scottish girl who is sent to St Clare's for her last year of schooling. She is angry and homesick, but eventually opens up to Carlotta.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: The way she comes off at first. However, she later has some major conflicts with Pat.

    Phyllis Bentley 
A Cockney girl who prefers to be called Fizz. Her family inherited huge amount of money and she got some mean treatment at day school after it happened, so preferred to go to boarding school.
  • Belated Backstory: Fizz early on tells the girls that her family inherited money and the kids at her school started picking on her afterwards. She tells Claudine the truth early on, but waits until the end of term to admit to the others that she's actually from an aristocratic family.
  • Blue Blood: She turns out to have lied about her Cockney origin, as she is actually the daughter of a Duke, pretending to be lower-class so people will not try to make friends with her on the basis of her status.

    Priscilla Parsons 
An old sixth-former who is disliked by the whole form due to her spiteful, snobbish and nosy nature.
  • Kick the Dog: Her treatment of Joan Terry is painting her in horrible light, eventually getting her kicked out of St Clare's. She is expelled at the end after it turns out she had been blackmailing a first former.


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