The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

by

Anne Brontë

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Milicent Hargrave Character Analysis

A friend of Helen’s, Milicent is kind, submissive, and good. Against her own better judgment, she marries Ralph Hattersley. Milicent shares Helen’s love of painting. She also shares her misfortune in marrying a man devoted to drink and debauchery, but, unlike Arthur Huntingdon, Ralph sees the error of his ways and becomes a devoted husband and father.

Milicent Hargrave Quotes in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The The Tenant of Wildfell Hall quotes below are all either spoken by Milicent Hargrave or refer to Milicent Hargrave . 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 32 Quotes

“A man must have something to grumble about; and if he can't complain that his wife harries him to death with her perversity and ill-humour, he must complain that she wears him out with her kindness and gentleness.”

“But why complain at all, unless, because you are tired and dissatisfied?”

“To excuse my own failings, to be sure. Do you think I'll bear all the burden of my sins on my own shoulders, as long as there's another ready to help me, with none of her own to carry?”

Related Characters: Ralph Hattersley (speaker), Milicent Hargrave
Page Number: 227
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Milicent Hargrave Character Timeline in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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Chapter 17. Further Warnings
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...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 men in attendance. Milicent becomes... (full context)
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...does her best to monopolize Mr. Huntingdon’s attention. Helen, stuck in a corner looking over Milicent Hargrave’s paintings, is jealous of Annabella until finally Mr. Huntington approaches her. Bored by Milicent’s... (full context)
Chapter 18. The Miniature
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...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 divide Mr. Huntingdon’s... (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. All but... (full context)
Chapter 21. Opinions
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...Christmas. Helen soon discovers that others besides Mrs. Maxwell are unhappy about the match, namely Milicent Hargrave, who had hoped to introduce Helen to her brother Walter in the spring. Milicent... (full context)
Chapter 25. First Absence
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...Helen who, ever hopeful, still devours them, having no one to talk to besides Rachel. Milicent is in London, leaving only Milicent’s little sister Esther and their brother Walter, but Esther... (full context)
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...have to do his best to forget her. He also passes along some gossip about Milicent. His friend Hattersley is determined to marry within the year, but he needs a woman... (full context)
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But Helen is mistaken. She soon receives a letter from Milicent informing her that she is indeed engaged to Mr. Hattersley. Milicent can’t really believe the... (full context)
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Milicent begs Helen to write to her and tell her something good about her fiancé. Maybe... (full context)
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That reminds Helen that she has received several letters from Milicent since her marriage. In the letters, Milicent insists that she loves her husband now as... (full context)
Chapter 26. The Guests
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...The people who suffer the most at the hands of these two status hounds are Milicent and Esther. At 14, Esther is just as kind and innocent as her sister, but... (full context)
Chapter 30. Domestic Scenes
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...it’s a wonder such living didn’t kill him. He wishes that she were more like Milicent. Hattersley’s wife is perfect, Arthur argues—she lets him do exactly as he pleases and never... (full context)
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Helen knows better. In letters, Milicent has complained about her husband’s bad behavior and implored Helen to try to use her... (full context)
Chapter 31. Social Virtues
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...moods dictate her behavior, and she’s planning a house party for a month hence, hoping Milicent and her new daughter will be good company for her and little Arthur. (full context)
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What follows is for Helen and Milicent a mortifying scene. Arthur, Hattersley, and Grimsby grow increasingly drunk and unruly. They attempt to... (full context)
Chapter 32. Comparisons: Information Rejected
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...to. One day, while taking their children for a walk around the estate, Helen and Milicent talk of Esther’s future. Milicent begs Helen to counsel Esther to marry wisely. Milicent would... (full context)
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Milicent assures Helen that she is actually quite content in her marriage, and Helen believes her—but... (full context)
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...loves her father, but he roughhouses with her too long and she ends up crying. Milicent comforts her daughter and Hattersley declares Lady Lowborough (Annabella) a fine woman, making Milicent jealous.... (full context)
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Milicent leaves the room to straighten her hair (Hattersley mussed it when he hugged her), and... (full context)
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...to check him, but he admits that Arthur Huntingdon often wishes Helen were more like Milicent. He then claims that Arthur is a much worse man than he, and asks Walter... (full context)
Chapter 33. Two Evenings
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...Instead of joining them for tea, she retires to the empty dining room and sees Milicent go out to try to find and comfort her. When she fails to find her,... (full context)
Chapter 34. Concealment
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...she continues 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... (full context)
Chapter 38. The Injured Man
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...could soothe him, but knows it is not in her power. Later, she hears from Milicent that he and Annabella are living completely separate lives. She is in town, enjoying herself... (full context)
Chapter 41. 'Hope Springs Eternal in the Human Breast'
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Esther asks Helen if she’s happy. She asked Milicent and Milicent said she was, but Esther suspects she was lying. Helen doesn’t answer Esther’s... (full context)
Chapter 42. A Reformation
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It’s September, and Arthur is still away. Helen is enjoying the company of Milicent and her children, as well as Esther and Mr. Hattersley. Hattersley seems determined to reform,... (full context)
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Helen produces two letters from Milicent and hands them to Hattersley. The first letter covers one of Hattersley’s drunken periods with... (full context)
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Milicent gives Helen credit for helping her husband see his errors and repent, but Helen says... (full context)
Chapter 43. The Boundary Past
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...two days to pack and prepare. During that time, she writes a letter to Esther, Milicent, and her aunt, informing them of her decision. She asks them all to write to... (full context)
Chapter 49. Untitled
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...is not friendless, however. Hattersley comes to see him and is a very attentive friend. Milicent comes with him, and Helen has the pleasure of seeing her and Esther and little... (full context)
Chapter 50. Doubts and Disappointments
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...remained true to his resolution to be a good father and husband, and he and Milicent were likewise very content. Grimsby kept to the same crooked path he was on before,... (full context)
Chapter 52. Fluctuations
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...for him, and becomes the prosperous and responsible master of Grassdale Manor, and marries Helen Hattersley—Milicent’s daughter. (full context)