Annie Strong is Doctor Strong’s wife. She is much younger than her husband, who had previously been a friend of her father's. Combined with the fact that Annie once had a childhood romance with her cousin, Jack Maldon, this causes several people, including Mr. Wickfield, to suspect her of having an affair. In reality, Annie loves and admires her husband deeply and regards her previous infatuation Maldon as misguided. She does not feel capable of sharing these feelings with Doctor Strong, however, in part because she views herself as unworthy of him, and in part because she is ashamed of the way her mother, Mrs. Markleham, exploits Annie's marriage for her own advantage. Uriah Heep encourages these misunderstandings, and Annie and her husband remain somewhat estranged until Mr. Dick clears the air between them.