The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

by

Anne Brontë

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Annabella Wilmot / Lady Lowborough Character Analysis

The beautiful and lively niece of Mr. Wilmot, Annabella marries Lord Lowborough solely for his title and the prestige it gives her. She actually despises her husband, and that truth comes to light years later when, invited to Grassdale Manor for a shooting party, she begins an adulterous affair with Arthur Huntingdon. Spoiled, spiteful, and unkind, she taunts Helen with evidence of Arthur’s love for her. After her divorce from Lord Lowborough, she takes up a life of empty pleasure in town.

Annabella Wilmot / Lady Lowborough Quotes in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The The Tenant of Wildfell Hall quotes below are all either spoken by Annabella Wilmot / Lady Lowborough or refer to Annabella Wilmot / Lady Lowborough . 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 Wordsworth Classics edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall published in 2001.
Chapter 22 Quotes

There is no help for him now; he is past praying for. Besides, she may keep up the deception to the end of the chapter; and then he will be just as happy in the illusion as if it were reality.

Page Number: 155
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Chapter 27 Quotes

She is a daughter of earth; you are an angel of heaven; only be not too austere in your divinity, and remember that I am a poor, fallible mortal.

Page Number: 185
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Annabella Wilmot / Lady Lowborough Character Timeline in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The timeline below shows where the character Annabella Wilmot / Lady Lowborough appears in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 17. Further Warnings
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...attend a party at the Wilmots’, making the acquaintance of Wilmot’s handsome and outgoing niece, Annabella, and Annabelle’s quieter cousin, Milicent Hargrave. Annabelle is a flirt and very popular with the... (full context)
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...possibility that Mr. Huntingdon would not have picked her anyway, as he seems partial to Annabella Wilmot. The two flirt all through dinner and afterwards, when the whole party has adjourned... (full context)
Chapter 18. The Miniature
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...and his friend Lord Lowborough, are also coming, and she is ecstatic. Mrs. Maxwell invites Annabella Wilmot and Milicent Hargrave as well. Helen assumes Annabella is on the guest list to... (full context)
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...a number of such likenesses, and he pockets one. Then he goes to sit by Annabella Wilmot the rest of the evening. Helen leaves the drawing room, intending to be alone... (full context)
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After lunch, Helen, Annabella, and Milicent go on a long walk, meeting up with the hunters near the house.... (full context)
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...her regard, though. She continues to love him and be tormented by his attentions to Annabella. (full context)
Chapter 19. An Incident
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...goes down to dinner, resolving to be in good spirits, but when Mr. Huntingdon asks Annabella Wilmot to sing for the company, Helen is overcome with jealousy and bitterness. Annabella is... (full context)
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...won’t tell him, so he confesses that he loves her. He says that compared to Annabella Wilmot (who is “an ostentatious peony”), she, Helen, is like a dewy rosebud. He asks... (full context)
Chapter 20. Persistence
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...who gave Helen up when her mother died many years ago. Helen admits that, unlike Annabella Wilmot, who is a very rich young woman, she is no heiress. Arthurs insists he... (full context)
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...need of a fortune because he already spent his, and that is why he courts Annabella. Mrs. Maxwell has tried to warn that young woman as well, but, like Helen, she... (full context)
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...time for church. Most of the party attends the morning service, but Lord Lowborough and Annabella Wilmot stay behind from afternoon prayers. Arthur Huntingdon accompanies Helen and Mrs. Maxwell both, but... (full context)
Chapter 21. Opinions
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...who abuses Arthur Huntingdon in her presence will get a piece of her mind. Then Annabella Wilmot approaches her, surprised and apparently disappointed that Helen would accept Arthur. She says she... (full context)
Chapter 22. Traits of Friendship
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...than she thought. She discovers this flaw when out riding with him, Lord Lowborough, and Annabella. With the lord and Annabella at a safe distance ahead of them, Arthur acquaints Helen... (full context)
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Then Lowborough met Annabella, and his prospects brightened. He had hoped but not dared dream he would meet a... (full context)
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...truth. It will break his heart, and it would be playing a dirty trick on Annabella to betray her confidence. Perhaps Annabella will act out the lie so well that Lowborough... (full context)
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Returning to her room, Helen finds Annabella Wilmot there. Helen silently admires the other woman’s blooming beauty. Annabella then confides in her... (full context)
Chapter 25. First Absence
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...to him. Arthur says they could invite Lord Lowborough, but that he won’t come without Annabella. Perhaps, he ventures, Helen is afraid of her? Helen doesn’t understand him. She asks who... (full context)
Chapter 26. The Guests
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...was before. He clearly adores his wife, who rewards his adoration mostly with insincere compliments. Annabella also flirts scandalously with Arthur, who flirts back in a way that Helen senses is... (full context)
Chapter 27. A Misdemeanor
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One night in early October, Helen happens to see Arthur press Annabella’s hand and tenderly bring it to his lips. Helen leaves the room in a fury... (full context)
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Helen asks if he means that she has lost his affections to Annabella, and Arthur says no, of course not. Helen is an angel, Annabella dust in comparison,... (full context)
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Some time later, Helen finds herself alone in a room with Annabella and is deeply embarrassed by the situation. She doesn’t know what to say to the... (full context)
Chapter 31. Social Virtues
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...Grassdale for two weeks. Helen writes of how she cannot make herself like Lady Lowborough (Annabella). She compares interacting with her to crushing a rose in one’s hand and getting cut... (full context)
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...are a result of her humiliation at his behavior, Hattersley throws Milicent to the ground. Annabella seems amused by the scene, but Helen flees to her room, where she paces in... (full context)
Chapter 32. Comparisons: Information Rejected
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...long and she ends up crying. Milicent comforts her daughter and Hattersley declares Lady Lowborough (Annabella) a fine woman, making Milicent jealous. He says not to worry—he loves Milicent, but adores... (full context)
Chapter 33. Two Evenings
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...night at dinner, she can see no evidence of improper behavior on either Arthur or Annabella’s part. (full context)
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After dinner, Annabella joins her husband on a moonlit walk, and Walter Hargrave challenges Helen to a game... (full context)
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What she finds is Arthur and Annabella deep in passionate conversation. Annabella says she must go—her husband will start to suspect something.... (full context)
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...she asks him to come in. She tells him that she knows what he and Annabella have been up to, and asks if she might take her fortune and little Arthur... (full context)
Chapter 34. Concealment
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...to spurn him. At one point, Helen is alone in a room with Milicent and Annabella, and the latter engages Helen in a superficial conversation. Helen puts a stop to it... (full context)
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Annabella says she can’t possibly leave early without exciting suspicion, and so she is to stay... (full context)
Chapter 35. Provocations
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Annabella grows bold as time goes on. She is as friendly as she wants to be... (full context)
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...last morning of the houseguests’ stay at Grassdale, Helen goes down to breakfast to find Annabella up early. Arthur joins them, and he and Annabella begin talk in front of Helen... (full context)
Chapter 36. Dual Solitude
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...response would only amuse him or tempt him into using her as a stand-in for Annabella. Helen’s feelings for Arthur vacillate between hatred and indifference. She is happiest when he is... (full context)
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...him with real kindness instead of cold civility, when he hands her a letter from Annabella and suggests she take a few lessons from his lover in how to be a... (full context)
Chapter 38. The Injured Man
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...for the purpose of amusing Arthur. When the guests arrive, Helen is quick to take Lady Lowborough aside and tell her that if she sees evidence of her and Arthur continuing their... (full context)
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...upon Helen in the library, and Helen confesses that she has known about Arthur and Annabella’s attachment for the last two years. Lord Lowborough is angry that she never told him.... (full context)
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...annoyed that the duel won’t be taking place. She continues to the drawing room, where Annabella is trying to mask her anxiety with a great show of cheerfulness. She lies to... (full context)
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Lord Lowborough and Annabella leave the next day. Arthur sees them off, joking with his former friend about how... (full context)
Chapter 39. A Scheme of Escape
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...her something that Arthur said to his friends about her. The men were talking about Lady Lowborough ’s departure. Arthur said he was tired of her. Did he mean, then, to become... (full context)
Chapter 50. Doubts and Disappointments
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Gilbert takes this moment to acquaint Halford with the fates of Lady Lowborough , Lord Lowborough, Hattersley, and Grimsby. Lady Lowborough, it seems, eloped with a roguish gentleman.... (full context)