Lady Audley’s Secret

Lady Audley’s Secret

by

Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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Miss Tonks Character Analysis

Miss Tonks is another employee of Mrs. Vincent. She reveals to Robert Audley the exact dates of Lady Audley’s arrival at Mrs. Vincent’s school, thus allowing Robert to connect the timelines of Helen Talboys and Lady Audley. Miss Tonks also provides Robert with Lady Audley’s trunk, which contains labels bearing both the names of Helen Talboys and Lucy Graham—the most substantial piece of evidence in Robert’s investigation thus far.
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Miss Tonks Character Timeline in Lady Audley’s Secret

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Tonks appears in Lady Audley’s Secret. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Volume 2, Chapter 8
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...Lucy first came to Mrs. Vincent’s school. Mrs. Vincent says that she doesn’t remember, but Tonks does. She calls in Miss Tonks, who says that Lucy came in on either the... (full context)
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Robert asks Mrs. Vincent and Miss Tonks where Lucy came from. Mrs. Vincent says somewhere by the sea, but she’s not sure... (full context)
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Mrs. Vincent admits that she didn’t question Lucy because she was “perfect.” Miss Tonks accuses her of being blind to the faults of her favorites and that Lucy was... (full context)
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Robert asks if Lucy left any possession behind. Miss Tonks goes to fetch an empty box that used to belong to Lucy. Robert thinks about... (full context)
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Robert bids Miss Tonks and Mrs. Vincent goodbye and takes the two labels with him. He thinks to himself... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 9
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Robert connects the fact that Mr. Maldon’s letter is dated August 16th, 1854 and Miss Tonks said that Lucy Graham arrived at the school on the 17th or 18th of August... (full context)