Luke Marks is the husband and cousin of Phoebe Marks, who, along with his wife, attempts to blackmail Lady Audley. Luke uses information Phoebe gives him concerning Lady Audley’s past to leverage Lady Audley for money in order to purchase and maintain his public house, the Castle Inn. Luke is described as brutal and ugly in both appearance and behavior. He selfishly desires increasing amounts money yet drinks away his funds and mismanages his public house. In order to stop the blackmailing—and simultaneously kill her other enemy, Robert Audley—Lady Audley sets fire to the Castle Inn. Luke is badly burned but does not die. Later, however, upon becoming deathly ill, Luke reveals to Robert that Lady Audley did not actually kill her first husband, George Talboys. George survived his fall down the well and, with Luke’s help, fled the country.
Luke Marks Character Timeline in Lady Audley’s Secret
The timeline below shows where the character Luke Marks appears in Lady Audley’s Secret. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Volume 1, Chapter 3
...walk. Phoebe assures him they won’t be heard in this secluded area. The man, named Luke, is “broad-shouldered” and “stupid-looking.” Luke is Phoebe’s first cousin and sweetheart from childhood. They remark... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 14
Volume 1, Chapter 15
Volume 1, Chapter 17
Volume 2, Chapter 13
Volume 3, Chapter 1
...off in the distance. Phoebe is horrified, certain it’s the Castle Inn. She fears for Luke and Robert inside. Then she remembers Lady Audley’s quarrels with Luke and Robert and begs... (full context)
Volume 3, Chapter 3
Volume 3, Chapter 7
Volume 3, Chapter 8
Volume 3, Chapter 9