Rosa is a beautiful servant girl whom Lady Dedlock hires. She becomes engaged to Watt, Mr. Rouncewell’s son. Lady Dedlock hires Rosa because Rosa bears some resemblance to herself, and Lady Dedlock likes to imagine that Rosa is her daughter, who Lady Dedlock thinks has died at birth. Lady Dedlock dismisses Rosa from her service when Mr. Tulkinghorn reveals to her that her daughter, Esther Summerson, is alive. Although Lady Dedlock is attached to her maid and wants her to be happy, she is worried that the scandal surrounding her will negatively affect Rosa’s reputation and she wants to protect her from this.
Rosa Character Timeline in Bleak House
The timeline below shows where the character Rosa appears in Bleak House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
When Mr. Guppy and his friend have gone, however, Mrs. Rouncewell relates the story to Rosa and Watt. During the English Civil War, when Parliament rebels overthrew Charles I, Sir Morbury... (full context)
...a Frenchwoman named Mademoiselle Hortense, is jealous of the attention that Lady Dedlock gives to Rosa. She mocks Lady Dedlock slyly when she isn’t looking, while she serves the guests who... (full context)
...Lady Dedlock, and Volumnia are in the drawing room, when Volumnia comments on how pretty Rosa, Lady Dedlock’s maid, is. Lady Dedlock says that Mrs. Rouncewell discovered Rosa and Volumnia asks... (full context)