Red Queen

by

Victoria Aveyard

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Queen Elara Character Analysis

King Tiberias’s second wife and Maven’s mother. Queen Elara is a “whisper,” meaning that she can read and control minds. She is known for using her power to her own advantage, and it is an ill-kept secret that she is extraordinarily ambitious and may have killed Queen Coriane in order to gain a position as queen. She intrudes on Mare’s mind after Mare reveals her own abilities to generate and control electricity. Mare never trusts her because of this intrusion, and because Elara seems power-hungry and uninterested in helping Reds. Elara eventually reveals herself to be in league with Maven in a plot to overthrow her own husband.

Queen Elara Quotes in Red Queen

The Red Queen quotes below are all either spoken by Queen Elara or refer to Queen Elara. 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 Orion Books edition of Red Queen published in 2015.
Chapter 8 Quotes

“I’d bow, but I might fall over,” I say to Queen Elara, and immediately I wish I could call back the words. She’s a Silver, I can’t talk to her that way. She could put me in the stocks, take away my rations, punish me, punish my family. No, I realize in my growing horror. She’s the queen. She could just kill me. She could kill us all.

Related Characters: Mare Barrow (speaker), Queen Elara
Page Number: 77
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Chapter 9 Quotes

Remember the person you’re supposed to be, and remember well…You are pretending to be raised Red, but you’re Silver by blood. You are now Red in the head, Silver in the heart….From now until the end of your days, you must lie. Your life depends on it, little lightning girl.

Related Characters: Queen Elara (speaker), Mare Barrow, Maven Calore, King Tiberias
Related Symbols: Blood
Page Number: 95
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Chapter 11 Quotes

After a moment of tense silence, the queen turns on her heel. “Very well.” Like any wife, she hates her husband for challenging her, and like any queen, she hates the power the king holds over her. A bad combination.

Page Number: 110
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Chapter 26 Quotes

The king’s corpse lands with a thud, his head rolling to a stop a few feet away. Silverblood splashes across the floor in a mirrored puddle, lapping at Cal’s toes. He drops the melting sword, letting it clang against stone, before falling to his knees, his head in his hands. The crown clatters across the floor, circling through the blood, until it stops to rest at Maven’s feet, sharp points bright with liquid silver.

Related Symbols: Blood
Page Number: 341
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Queen Elara Character Timeline in Red Queen

The timeline below shows where the character Queen Elara appears in Red Queen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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When King Tiberias and Queen Elara enter the arena, Mare cannot believe she is this close to the man who tyrannically... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...eyes. Finally, she comes to and realizes she is in a cage, kneeling before Queen Elara. (full context)
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Mare tells Queen Elara, “I’d bow, but I might fall over,” then immediately regrets her words because, “She’s the... (full context)
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As Queen Elara toys with Mare by paralyzing her legs, Mare realizes that the queen is a “whisper.”... (full context)
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...seemingly less severe than Evangeline. He leads Mare to the throne room, where the king, queen, and princes await. Mare refuses to kneel before them. The king glares at her but... (full context)
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Mare suggests that the king let her go. Queen Elara laughs, saying that the nobles will never forget “the little lightning girl” and alluding to... (full context)
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...it clear that Mare cannot refuse her fate, referring to her as “Lady Titanos.” Queen Elara tells Mare that she will live at the palace from now on, “as is the... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...palace was in her and her family’s best interest; had he let her go, the queen would have hunted her down. He emphasizes that the queen is Maven’s mother, not his.... (full context)
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Queen Elara meets Mare when she gets off the elevator. The queen tells Mare telepathically that the... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Elara leaves Mare. Mare goes through some doors at the end of the hall, which lead... (full context)
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The king and queen announce that following the incident at Queenstrial, they have discovered Mare’s (fabricated) long lost parentage.... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Mare worries about what the powerful king and queen could possibly fear, and about who the Scarlet Guard will target next. Will they target... (full context)
Chapter 12
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In the morning, Mare finds a curt note from Elara on her nightstand, detailing her schedule. Maids dress her again. Lucas accompanies Mare to breakfast,... (full context)
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Mare is surprised when Elara defends her, telling Evangeline that Mare’s circumstances growing up have left her in need of... (full context)
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...a half hours of physical and mental exercises with Lady Blonos, Mare goes to the queen’s luncheon. The Glass Terrace strikes Mare as “beautiful in an artificial way, like everything else... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...he has turned them off. He introduces himself as Julian Jacos, brother of the former queen (Coriane) and Cal’s uncle. Julian, unlike Elara, wants to help Mare understand herself. However, he... (full context)
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...such lives, with no respite, no reprieve, and no escape, would make servants of anyone.” Elara rushes in to say that Mare is still learning proper etiquette. (full context)
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...the Scarlet Guard terrorist attacks. Mare is surprised to learn that there have been more. Elara says it is unwise to give the attacks more weight than they deserve. Everyone agrees... (full context)
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...enjoys Julian’s lessons because they allow her to discover her talents outside the view of Elara or the cameras. Still, progress comes slowly. (full context)
Chapter 15
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...in the teacup Walsh hands Mare. It says, “midnight.” Mare also has a note from Elara with an updated schedule to accommodate Training along with Protocol and Lessons. (full context)
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...sympathy. Although Maven is a burner, Mare almost gets the feeling that like his mother Elara, he can read her mind. (full context)
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...his power: he is a singer, meaning that although he is not as powerful as Elara, he can make anyone do as he wishes as long as he can look into... (full context)
Chapter 17
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In the hall, Mare and Maven run into Elara, and Mare witnesses the queen read her son’s mind. When Elara turns to Mare and... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...son. Mare tells Julian that it is unfair to saddle Maven with his vendetta against Elara. Julian calls Mare “little lightning girl” as he tells her not to be fooled. He... (full context)
Chapter 19
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They see the rest of Maven’s family. As Elara fusses over Maven, Mare realizes that the evil queen is redeemed by her love for... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...after the shooters and that the Scarlet Guard left behind a banner. The king and queen fight over which of them is responsible for letting the Scarlet Guard become such a... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Julian is horrified that Mare is implicated in this scheme. Julian knows that the queen will pluck out his eyes to prevent his ever reading again should he get involved... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...surprise for the cameras when he tells her that the prisoners escaped. He says that Elara has questioned the sentinels and that he has “directed” his mother to people of interest.... (full context)
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...that there was no bomb. The explosion was caused by a bullet-punctured gas line, but Elara spread the story of the bomb to make the Scarlet Guard look more merciless. Mare... (full context)
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...what this means when Cal walks in to summon Maven to a meeting with the queen. Mare remembers her kiss with Cal and feels as though, “I hurt everyone, especially myself.”... (full context)
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...she used to be. She feels their anger and wonders why they are watching. The queen comments on the onlookers to the parade down the river, and Mare realizes that this... (full context)
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Mare demands of the queen why the Reds are being forced to watch the parade. Cal, avoiding eye contact with... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...of paper. She then realizes how she will be useful to the crown and hears Elara’s voice in her head, whispering, “Earn your keep.” Maven holds Mare’s hand supportively and whispers... (full context)
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...to slip away but will not be able to intervene in his execution when the queen finds him. Mare worries that Cal will allow her to be executed too. She must... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...been one of the lookouts for her and Maven to get back to the palace. Elara is about to force Walsh to spill her secrets. To protect everyone who would be... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...and the Sentinels march Mare and Maven to the throne room, where the king and queen await, away from the fray of the battle outside. The king has his ceremonial sword.... (full context)
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...on. Maven confesses that he chose the assassination targets. Mare notices that although Maven and Elara look at each other, Elara refuses to look at Maven’s thoughts. Maven tells his father... (full context)
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...to spare Maven, but Tiberias tells Cal, “When you wear my crown, you will understand.” Elara then says that will never happen, and Mare notices that her eyes are the same... (full context)
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Mare, shocked, thinks that Elara is saving her and Maven where Cal failed to do so. Cal tells Elara that... (full context)
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...crescendo in Mare’s head as she pleads with Maven to help her, and he refuses. Elara now has control of Cal, but he manages to shout for help from outside the... (full context)
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Mare realizes that Elara did not care about Maven’s presence in her memories because she knew about his involvement... (full context)
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Mare feels foolish for trusting Maven and realizes that Elara must have used her knowledge of the inner workings of Mare’s mind to tell Maven... (full context)
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Elara tells Maven to say his goodbyes to Mare. He says he does not have any,... (full context)
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...blood pools on the floor, and the crown rolls to a stop at Maven’s feet. Elara begins screaming over the king’s body as the cameras turn back on. She acts as... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...see that she is a Red. Cal does not think that will change anything—Maven and Elara will simply explain it with another lie. (full context)