Mrs. Tranter is Ernestina’s aunt, with whom she stays in Lyme. She’s one of the most truly kind characters, and in her treatment of her servants, she acts as a counterexample to Mrs. Poulteney and Charles. She sees her servant Mary as a whole person who experiences pain and passion, and she does whatever she can to help Mary, Sam, and even Sarah. Ernestina often tries to rebel against her aunt, but Charles likes Mrs. Tranter.
Mrs. Tranter Character Timeline in The French Lieutenant’s Woman
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Tranter appears in The French Lieutenant’s Woman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Charles stares into the mirror. He feels vaguely defeated due to the lunch conversation at Aunt Tranter ’s and uncertainty whether paleontology is a good vocation for him or Ernestina will ever... (full context)
...she’s not entirely obedient to men. This makes her irresistible to Charles. When Charles leaves Aunt Tranter ’s house, Ernestina goes to her room. Through the window she admires Charles as he... (full context)
...bored after supper, when convention demands that they spend time with each other. One evening, Aunt Tranter has gone out and Charles is lying on the sofa, watching Ernestina read a poem... (full context)
...ladies to show off their dresses. Ernestina enjoys the glances at her fashionable clothing. While Mrs. Tranter explains who everyone is, Ernestina makes snide comments about them, calling many of them “gooseberries.”... (full context)
...has to leave and can’t return to meet her. He wishes she would talk to Mrs. Tranter instead. She’s very insistent, but Charles continues to refuse to meet her. However, Charles almost... (full context)
...Dr. Grogan makes some comments that aren’t quiet proper. Though Ernestina seems a little shocked, Aunt Tranter doesn’t, and Charles thinks that the older generation was less repressed and ruled by society... (full context)
...financially. She asks for a couple days to think about it. He concedes, saying that Mrs. Tranter must take charge now. Sarah seems about to cry, insisting she doesn’t deserve their kindness.... (full context)
...allow him to suppress his attraction to Sarah and deny her any more private meetings. Aunt Tranter will handle everything, and Charles won’t tell Ernestina what happened. He decides that Sarah’s unpredictability... (full context)
...Sir Robert thinks she’s just a draper’s daughter. Charles tries to calm her. They’re in Aunt Tranter ’s parlor; Ernestina has been crying. Aunt Tranter appears, smiling, and remarks that Charles returned... (full context)
...while he was gone. Ernestina reveals that Mrs. Poulteney has fired Sarah. Charles is shocked. Aunt Tranter explains that it happened the previous night, and this morning a porter was told to... (full context)
...as Mrs. Poulteney. Charles asks whether there’s any danger that Sarah might have committed suicide. Aunt Tranter says that men are searching the cliffs, but they haven’t found anything. There’s no word... (full context)
...that she doesn’t have any references, but Charles says she can use Mrs. Talbot and Mrs. Tranter . Mrs. Tranter will also be willing to give her financial assistance. Sarah thanks him,... (full context)