Lady Audley’s Secret

Lady Audley’s Secret

by

Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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Mrs. Vincent Character Analysis

Mrs. Vincent is Lady Audley’s former employer. She provides the reference that earns Lady Audley (then going by the name Lucy Graham) the governess job with Mr. Dawson. Lady Audley later lies that Mrs. Vincent is deathly ill and has sent for Lady Audley, as an accuse to avoid a run-in with George at Audley Court. During his investigation, Robert finds Mrs. Vincent hiding out from her debts in London and confirms that she has never been deathly ill nor sent for her former employee. Mrs. Vincent remembers liking Lucy Graham very much and not questioning her about her background, given Lucy’s beautiful and seemingly innocent appearance.
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Mrs. Vincent Character Timeline in Lady Audley’s Secret

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Vincent appears in Lady Audley’s Secret. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Volume 1, Chapter 7
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The next morning, Lady Audley receives a telegram from her former employer, Mrs. Vincent . The telegram states that Mrs. Vincent is very ill and wants to see Lady... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 11
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...dinner, Lady Audley tells Robert about how when she and Sir Michael went to find Mrs. Vincent in London, they could not locate her. Mrs. Vincent had moved from her old address... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 7
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...after answering an ad he put in the newspaper. She had a strong recommendation from Mrs. Vincent , a proprietress of a school in London. He gives Robert the address of Mrs.... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 8
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Robert returns to London and goes to Mrs. Vincent ’s address. He finds her neighborhood under construction and struggles to find her home. Robert... (full context)
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As Robert goes to Mrs. Vincent ’s new home, he imagines Sir Michael lying asleep while Lady Audley plays music. He... (full context)
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Robert finds Mrs. Vincent in a shabby house filled with broken furniture. Robert asks her if she remembers Lucy... (full context)
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Robert asks what date Lucy first came to Mrs. Vincent ’s school. Mrs. Vincent says that she doesn’t remember, but Tonks does. She calls in... (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... (full context)
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Mrs. Vincent admits that she didn’t question Lucy because she was “perfect.” Miss Tonks accuses her of... (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 that what he... (full context)
Volume 3, Chapter 3
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Lady Audley went to Mrs. Vincent after reading the school mistress’s advertisement for a teacher in the newspaper. She came up... (full context)