The second wife of the narrator of "Ligeia", she marries him for the money he inherited from Ligeia. She cannot compare to Ligeia in any way and the marriage is full of hatred. Her death mimics the death of Ligeia, and Rowena undergoes a night-long pattern of awakening and dying until Ligeia (either in fact or the narrator's mind) takes her over completely.
Lady Rowena of Tremaine Quotes in Poe's Stories
The Poe's Stories quotes below are all either spoken by Lady Rowena of Tremaine or refer to Lady Rowena of Tremaine. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of Poe's Stories published in 2006.).
The night waned; and still, with a bosom full of bitter thoughts of the one only and supremely beloved, I remained gazing upon the body of Rowena.
Lady Rowena of Tremaine Character Timeline in Poe's Stories
The timeline below shows where the character Lady Rowena of Tremaine appears in Poe's Stories. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...new couple pass their first month. The narrator of "Ligeia" can’t help but notice that Rowena isn’t very loving towards him and dreads his moods. He remembers the beauty and spirit... (full context)
...a third time, the narrator of "Ligeia" dreams of Ligeia and for a third time, Rowena seems to awaken. He can’t bear to describe every occasion of this terrible transformation, but... (full context)