Lady Audley’s Secret

Lady Audley’s Secret

by

Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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Dr. Mosgrave Character Analysis

Dr. Mosgrave is the doctor Robert Audley calls to assess Lady Audley’s sanity after she confesses all her crimes. Dr. Mosgrave determines that Lady Audley is not in fact mad, but that, in times of stress, her behavior makes her dangerous. He commits Lady Audley to an asylum under a false name.

Dr. Mosgrave Quotes in Lady Audley’s Secret

The Lady Audley’s Secret quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Mosgrave or refer to Dr. Mosgrave. 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 3, Chapter 5 Quotes

“Because there is no evidence of madness in anything that she has done. She ran away from her home, because her home was not a pleasant one, and she left it in the hope of finding a better. There is no madness in that. She committed the crime of bigamy, because by that crime she obtained fortune and position. There is no madness there. When she found herself in a desperate position, she did not grow desperate. She employed intelligent means, and she carried out a conspiracy which required coolness and deliberation in its execution. There is no madness in that.”

Page Number: 321
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Dr. Mosgrave Character Timeline in Lady Audley’s Secret

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Mosgrave appears in Lady Audley’s Secret. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Volume 3, Chapter 5
Madness Theme Icon
Dr. Mosgrave arrives at Audley Court. Robert ensures the doctor’s findings will remain confidential and that the... (full context)
Women and Power in Victorian England Theme Icon
Appearances and Deception Theme Icon
Poverty and Wealth Theme Icon
Madness Theme Icon
Dr. Mosgrave says he will examine Lady Audley but he doesn’t believe she is mad. All her... (full context)
Appearances and Deception Theme Icon
Madness Theme Icon
Dr. Mosgrave returns from examining Lady Audley and declares she suffers from “latent insanity,” meaning that, in... (full context)
Madness Theme Icon
Dr. Mosgrave writes a letter to his colleague, Monsieur Val, who runs an asylum abroad, asking him... (full context)