The Countess is Fleur’s mother and Queen Blenda’s favorite lady in waiting. After Queen Blenda dies, the Countess moves in to the anteroom of King Charles’s bedroom, presumably to keep an eye on him and ensure that he does not bring any men into his room. She also cruelly manipulates King Charles to try to get him to marry her daughter, although she doesn’t succeed.
The Countess Character Timeline in Pale Fire
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Commentary: Lines 49-98
Line 80: my bedroom. Charles the Beloved thought of Fleur—the daughter of his mother’s favorite Countess—only as a sister, although other men found her intensely sexual. She didn’t seem to mind... (full context)
...coronation, he suffered—he didn’t love his mother, and he felt terrified of her ghost. The Countess made him do séances in which the Queen’s spirit would use a planchette to instruct... (full context)