Mrs. Rouncewell is the housekeeper at Sir Leicester Dedlock’s country house, Chesney Wold. She is the mother of George and Mr. Rouncewell and the grandmother of Watt. Mrs. Rouncewell loves both her sons, but George has always been her favorite. She is devastated when he leaves home and believes he has been killed in the army. Although she loves Mr. Rouncewell, she does not understand his decision to leave Sir Leicester’s service and to go into industry instead. She accepts his decision but views it as a rejection of her lifestyle and a proud Rouncewell tradition. Mrs. Rouncewell is a loyal servant to Sir Leicester and lives out the rest of her days in this role. She is delighted by George’s return, who is more like her than Mr. Rouncewell, and enjoys the discipline of service to reign in his wandering temperament.
Mrs. Rouncewell Character Timeline in Bleak House
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...so much gossip that even the birds in the trees seem to discuss their return. Mrs. Rouncewell and Rosa greet them, and Lady Dedlock is struck by Rosa’s beauty. She compliments the... (full context)
...Dedlock has several parties to attend that night, and Sir Leicester is left alone with Mrs. Rouncewell . He complains that the rain is very loud on the Ghost’s Walk. Mrs. Rouncewell... (full context)
...when Volumnia comments on how pretty Rosa, Lady Dedlock’s maid, is. Lady Dedlock says that Mrs. Rouncewell discovered Rosa and Volumnia asks about the housekeeper. Lady Dedlock tells her that Mrs. Rouncewell... (full context)
...the hall and George leans gloomily against the fireplace. Eventually, Mr. Tulkinghorn’s client, who is Mrs. Rouncewell , exits his chamber. George does not turn around as she goes past, but she... (full context)
...so volatile and unruly that, currently, no one is ruling the country. At Chesney Wold, Mrs. Rouncewell expects that the Dedlocks will assemble to discuss this calamity and she has prepared the... (full context)
...should speak with Mr. Jarndyce, who has promised to find him one for him, and Mrs. Rouncewell says that they must send for Mr. Rouncewell, George’s brother. George begs her not to... (full context)
...Bucket immediately understands. He promises Sir Leicester that he will find Lady Dedlock and tells Mrs. Rouncewell that George is no longer a suspect and that she must take care of Sir... (full context)
...luxurious—and is delighted to meet the family. However, he tells his brother that he wants Mrs. Rouncewell to erase him from the will; since he has no children, he wants Mr. Rouncewell’s... (full context)