Lady Audley’s Secret

Lady Audley’s Secret

by

Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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Alicia Audley is the daughter of Sir Michael, the stepdaughter of Lady Audley, and the cousin and admirer of Robert Audley. She is the opposite of Lady Audley in appearance, with dark, thick curls and a tan complexion. Though willful and spoiled, Alicia is generally well-liked by her family and those who meet her. She diverges from the gender norms of Victorian society in several ways. While family harmony and social decorum were goals of Victorian women, she refuses to get along with the stepmother she loathes. She also enjoys the typically masculine pursuits of riding and hunting. She rejects the proposal of Sir Towers even though the match would be socially advantageous because she desires her disinterested cousin, Robert. By the end of the novel, however, she has consented to marry Sir Towers, suggesting the limits of a woman’s ability to assert her own agency within the gendered expectations of the Victorian era.

Alicia Audley Quotes in Lady Audley’s Secret

The Lady Audley’s Secret quotes below are all either spoken by Alicia Audley or refer to Alicia Audley. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Lady Audley’s Secret published in 1987.
Volume 1, Chapter 7 Quotes

Lucy was better loved and more admired than the baronet’s daughter [Alicia]. That very childness had a charm which few could resist. The innocence and candour of an infant beamed in Lady Audley’s fair face, and shone out of her large and liquid blue eyes. The rosy lips, the delicate nose, the profusion of fair ringlets, all contributed to preserve to her beauty the character of extreme youth and freshness.

Related Symbols: Lady Audley’s Golden Curls
Page Number: 50
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Volume 1, Chapter 15 Quotes

“How charmingly she sits her horse! What a pretty figure, too, and a fine, candid, brown, rosy face; but to fly at a fellow like that, without the least provocation! That’s the consequence of letting a girl follow the hounds…If ever I marry, and have daughters…they shall never go beyond the gates till they are marriageable, when I will take them straight across Fleet Street to St Dunstan’s Church, and deliver them into the hands of their husbands.”

Related Characters: Robert Audley (speaker), Alicia Audley
Page Number: 104
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Volume 2, Chapter 11 Quotes

“Mr. Audley may be as you say, merely eccentric; but he has talked to me this evening in a manner that has filled me with absolute terror, and I believe that he is going mad. I shall speak very seriously to Sir Michael this very night…I shall only put him on his guard, my dear Alicia.”

“But he’ll never believe you,” said Miss Audley, “He will laugh at such an idea.”

“No, Alicia; he will believe anything that I tell him.”

Page Number: 238
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Volume 3, Chapter 10 Quotes

I hope no one will take objection to my story because the end of it leaves the good people all happy and at peace. If my experience of life has not been very long, it has at least been manifold; and I can safely subscribe to that which a mighty king and a great philosopher declared, when he said that neither the experience of his youth nor of his age had ever shown him ‘righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.’

Page Number: 380
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Alicia Audley Character Timeline in Lady Audley’s Secret

The timeline below shows where the character Alicia Audley appears in Lady Audley’s Secret. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Volume 1, Chapter 1
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...place” is confusing and one can easily get lost. Once, the daughter of current owner Alicia Audley accidently discovered a secret passage in her nursery. (full context)
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...year ago. He had been a widower for 17 years, during which time his daughter Alicia (now 18 years old) acted as the lady of the household. When Sir Michael remarried,... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 4
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Robert is beloved by his uncle Sir Michael and his cousin Alicia. While Alicia, as the heiress to a great estate, would be a good match... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 6
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...hatches a plan for them to vacation in Russia together. Before leaving, Robert writes to Alicia and receives a letter back asking them to buy a pair of sable fur coats... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 7
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Robert writes to Alicia asking if he and George can visit. Alicia writes back saying that Lady Audley claims... (full context)
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...has transformed the interior of the mansion with luxurious decorations to compliment his pretty wife. Alicia’s contempt for Lady Audley’s “childishness and frivolity” grows. Everyone else in the neighborhood adores Lady... (full context)
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...in the countryside commit murders just as violent as those in the city. Sir Michael, Alicia, and Lady Audley pass through the village and Robert runs out to greet them while... (full context)
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Alicia teases Robert about falling in love with Lady Audley just like everyone else does, even... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 8
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Alicia is in love with Robert and intends to use George to make him jealous. According... (full context)
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Before leaving Essex, George and Robert run into Alicia. Alicia shows them a letter from Lady Audley, asking if George and Robert will leave... (full context)
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...and Robert miss their train because Robert has a headache, so they decide to visit Alicia at Audley Court. Alicia shows them around the house, but when she asks Phoebe if... (full context)
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Alicia then remembers a secret passageway that leads to Lady Audley’s chambers. Robert and George climb... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 9
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...easily frightened she is by everyone and everything except for her husband. She then tells Alicia that she knows George and Robert were in her rooms because George left a glove... (full context)
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...he is asleep, George abandons his fishing and goes to Audley Court. Sir Michael and Alicia are out of the house and Lady Audley is on the lime-walk. George meets a... (full context)
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...half later, Lady Audley returns to the house from the opposite direction of the lime-walk. Alicia has just returned from her ride and her dog growls at Lady Audley. Lady Audley... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 11
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Robert joins Sir Michael, Lady Audley, and Alicia in the drawing room, announcing that George has gone back to London without him. Lady... (full context)
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...of Mrs. Talboys to die, and grieve her poor husband so much.” Robert thinks that Alicia is right: Lady Audley is childish. (full context)
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Robert says goodbye to Sir Michael, Lady Audley, and Alicia, telling them that he will go back to London to look for George. If he... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 14
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Sir Michael reads aloud to Lady Audley and Alicia from an ad Robert has put in the newspaper asking for information regarding George, but... (full context)
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Lady Audley asks Alicia to promise that, even if she cannot love her, she at least promise not to... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 15
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Robert prefers to stay inside chatting with Lady Audley. Alicia, who spends her days hunting, teases him for his passiveness and carelessness. She compares him... (full context)
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Robert thinks to himself about how Alicia is beautiful and has a troublesome temper. He says this is the consequence of Sir... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 16
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...Towers, one of the young hunters, remains as well and requests a private conversation with Alicia. During the conversation, Harry expresses his intense feelings for Alicia. Alicia tells him that she... (full context)
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...conversation, Robert says that by studying Harry’s demeaner, he has learned that Harry proposed to Alicia. He asks if Alicia is going to accept or not. Alicia asks him why he... (full context)
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...since he has no one to share it with. He is deeply in love with Alicia and never thought that she would refuse such an advantageous match. He says he wanted... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 5
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Robert notes that unlike his pretty cousin or his lovely aunt, Clara is truly beautiful because her appearance is enhanced by her... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 6
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...lost his inheritance. He goes to a woman’s house and disappears. Robert also thinks of Alicia, who will no doubt force him to marry her. (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 7
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Alicia writes to Robert telling him Sir Michael is sick (though not deathly ill) and would... (full context)
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...“tangled glitter of golden hair,” is finished. Robert finds Sir Michael in his bedroom, with Alicia and Lady Audley sitting by his side. The narrator remarks that an artist would love... (full context)
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 Alicia and Lady Audley greet Robert while Sir Michael is still asleep. Robert studies Lady Audley’s... (full context)
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Robert returns to Lady Audley and Alicia to find them having tea in Lady Audley’s room. Robert observes how innocent and beautiful... (full context)
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Robert mentions to Alicia that she doesn’t look well. She says it doesn’t matter if she is well or... (full context)
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...to Mr. Dawson about. Robert says that it was a legal matter he cannot disclose. Alicia tries to chat with Robert, but he is lost in thought. Alicia scolds him for... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 10
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Robert receives a letter Alicia stating that Sir Michael is feeling better and both he and Lady Audley wish to... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 11
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Back at Audley Court, Robert runs into Lady Audley and Alicia. Robert finds Alicia more annoying than usual. Lady Audley asks Robert where he has been... (full context)
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...mercy, he will expose her. On their way back to the house, they run into Alicia. Robert wonders how someone as honest as her could be of the same gender as... (full context)
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After Robert leaves, Alicia remarks how strange her cousin has been acting. Lady Audley remarks that he is eccentric.... (full context)
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...father to daughter, and from mother to daughter than from mother to son.” She tells Alicia that Robert is mad. Alicia doesn’t believe her, but Lady Audley says Sir Michael will. (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 13
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While Lady Audley and Alicia still hate each other, they don’t fight openly because Lady Audley ignores Alicia’s temper. Because... (full context)
Volume 3, Chapter 1
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...sneak out through a window in the breakfast-room. In the cheerfully decorated room, she passes Alicia’s drawing supplies. Lady Audley thinks how happy Alicia would be at her stepmother’s defeat. Leaving... (full context)
Volume 3, Chapter 2
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...clothing, but with a pale face and dark-circles beneath her eyes. At the breakfast table, Alicia wonders if Robert will come visit today. Lady Audley is startled at the casual mention... (full context)
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Alicia rambles on about Robert’s poor manners. Sir Michael listens thoughtfully, understanding that Alicia insults Robert... (full context)
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...Robert has been troubled since George’s disappearance, and Robert showed some unreasonableness in not courting Alicia, even though she has expressed her feelings and would be a perfect match for him. (full context)
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...the more he becomes convinced Robert must be mad not to love the pretty, affectionate Alicia, when so many suitors seem to. The narrator points out, however, that love is a... (full context)
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Robert does not love Alicia. He appreciates her pretty looks and her affection for him, but he has lost all... (full context)
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...in her best silk, despite her misery. She finds Sir Michael asleep, so she asks Alicia to take a walk with her. (full context)
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Despite her troubled mind, Lady Audley’s appearance is completely composed. She asked Alicia to walk with her because she could not bear to wait inside any longer. She... (full context)
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Alicia imagines catching a cold on the walk and Robert coming to take care of her... (full context)
Volume 3, Chapter 4
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...from despair, but decides he should leave his uncle alone to grieve. Robert runs into Alicia, who is complaining about dinner being late. Robert explains that Sir Michael has suffered a... (full context)
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Robert tells Alicia he loves her as a brother, not as Sir Harry loves her. Alicia admits she... (full context)
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Robert goes to tell Sir Michael that Alicia will accompany him. At first, Sir Michael wishes to go alone, but then he realizes... (full context)
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...been transformed into a house full of despair. He doesn’t know what to do next. Alicia and Sir Michael come to say goodbye. Robert promises Sir Michael he will do what... (full context)
Volume 3, Chapter 7
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Robert arrives in London and goes to the hotel Sir Michael and Alicia were staying at, only to discover that they have left for Vienna. He goes back... (full context)
Volume 3, Chapter 10
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...comes to the cottage to visit George, who lives there with Clara and Mr. Audley. Alicia and Sir Michael, having survived the latter’s grief, also come visit the cottage. (full context)
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Sir Michael lives in London until Alicia marries Sir Harry, and then he lives on his son-in-law’s estate. George lives happily with... (full context)