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BEAUMARIS, Lady Maria (nee Lady Maria Caldicot)


--my copy of the book has several references to her as just "Mary"

in addition to one (towards the end, from the Dowager Dutchess)

as "Maria." suggest adding Mary as an a/k/a? (i note your

reference under CALDICOT has her has Lady Mary -- similar

suggestion re Maria there).



--suggest less emphasis on Mrs Caterham and perhaps more

reference to her timid but obliging nature & to the trip, especially

since it was in part due to her having caught a cold that Arabella

decided to seek shelter in Beaumaris' lodge.

BRIDLINGTON, Lady (nee Arabella Haverhill)


--perhaps add something along the lines that she is bored and

looking for something to amuse her, thus welcomes the idea of

bringing out the daughter she never had.




--perhaps add Frederick is self-consequential as a result of

inheriting the title at an early age?



--see note for BEAUMARIS, Lady Maria



--i'm confused (maybe you were too?) -- are these two guys the

same guy? perhaps we ought to try and further distinguish them if

two or merge them if the same?



--this entry seems overlong considering she's more mentioned in

passing than anything else.



--suggest adding something about their being a couple with whom

Arabella often socializes as not only are they invited to the debut

party, and they give a ball, but they also formed a party to the park

which Arabella attends (ch. 9, about 1/2 way thru)

--point of clarity: perhaps change the word "meet" ('They later give

a ball where Arabella & Beaumaris meet') to something else as

"meet" tends to imply that A & B had not previously met before?



M.I.P. as one of "a great many" people who don't care a button if

Arabella is rich or not (ch. 7, about 1/2 way thru)



--add "The Champion" as a nickname?



this guy was a real person -- a Roman who lived around or perhaps

just before/after Julius Caeser's time -- i can check for you if you

like, i have his dates (or estimated dates) around somewhere, as

well as get his full name. he was quite wealthy (iirc, one of the

richest men of his time in Rome), but also rather greedy; i believe

the word "crass" comes from his name?



--add "Young" as a nickname?

--i agree the reference is not completely clear, but based on the

context & subsequent reference, i feel certain the curate is a

separate person



was this a real person? if so, we should include this as Horace

Epworth says (to his aunt) they're referring to Arabella as the Lady

Dives in the clubs (end of ch. 5).



--add M.I.P.?



--add "Ole"?

HORNSEA, Sir James


--although from an earlier reference to people suggesting Arabella

go out with their daughters to green park one might infer that is

where Arabella is walking with H's daughters, my book doesn't

actually specify where they were (just says "out walking").

JACKSON, Gentleman


--isn't Gentleman a nickname? perhaps put it in quotes?



--add/include her full name (JERSEY, Lady Sally (nee...)

(nickname "Silence")?

--add she is one of the patronesses of Almack's?

--suggest changing final phrase to read "quite twenty minutes fliring

with Mr Beaumaris: A JEALOUS Arabella considers her an odious


*KEAN, (name?)


famous regency actor MIP for his Hamlet (ch. 5)



--as you have this one under "L" i almost missed this one the first

time through. is this his real name, or some kind of mix of a

nickname and a real one? which one of these is his actual last

name? somehow Mr Long doesn't seem right -- perhaps Pole

(making Wellesley his first name and "long" a nickname)?

?MALCOLM, Sir John


M.I.P. as the author of "History of Persia" (partway into ch. 2 --

Sophy uses it as a diversion at dinner)

Maria, Miss


--grammatical point: i believe the first "to" in this sentence

shouldn't be there?

--perhaps add something like "once Arabella is no longer around to

cast her in the shade" at the end?



--suggest since you make a point his name actually was Nollekins,

that you leave it how Heyer put it in the book, i.e., Nollekin, for the

listing; also so this passage (about what his name actually was)

makes more sense

?ONSLOW, Tommy


--ok, call me nuts, but i have some vague recollection of some sort

of rhyme about him along the lines of 'what can little Tommy O do?

drive a carriage & two! but can he do no more? he can drive a

carriage & 4!' this may have even been in one of Heyer's other

books -- do you recall it? assuming it's there, don't know if it refers

to this guy, but if it does, it rather argues he's a real guy.



(since you mentioned Midas & Croesus)...mentioned a lot in ch. 4

don't know whether this one's worth it or not...

PENKRIDGE, the Hon. Mrs


--suggest adding "doting aunt of Horace Epworth"



M.I.P. husband of horace E's aunt; source of the funds she

lavishes on her nephew, and person of whom aunt dare not ask for

more $$ to give Horace until he has "forgotten the last time"



--almost certainly an upper servant since the butler chats with her.



--include rest of her name & dates?

--change to read she did attend debut party & promised to send

vouchers for Almacks.



one of Lord & Lady Somercote's five 'hopeful' sons; becomes

another of Arabella's many would-be suitors to enter the lists

against Mr Beaumaris (ch 7, near the beginning)



--add M.I.P to entry?

TALLANT, Algernon


--suggest reworking first phrase to diminish possible confusion over

whether Algernon or John is Henry Tallant's older brother; also

delete "Algernon is thus" & just append comment about first

cousin to first phrase.

--my book does not specify the 9th regiment, it merely says the --

th Regiment.

TALLANT, Bertram


--missing words? 3rd sentence - "He IS somewhat fairer..." & 5th

sentence "...such a commission, costing 800 pounds, BEING

beyond his parents' means..."

TALLANT, Grandma


presumably Henry & John's mother; M.I.P. as the person from

whom Arabella inherited a pearl necklet Arabella cannot feel it right

to sell, even to help Bertram (ch. 14, near the beginning)

TALLANT, Lady Eliza


--add M.I.P.?

--suggest rephrasing "Sophia & the Rev. Henry" to the Rev & Mrs

Henry" to avoid confusion of mother with daughter

TALLANT, the Rev. Henry


--suggest add something about despite his holy orders, he is

generally judged by his children to be "a right one."



--consider deleting "(a knight, presumeably)" as extraneous?

TALLANT, Sophia (nee Theale)


--generally this seems to be a little disjointed, maybe would be

better re-written?

--add something about her being a sensible woman, more practical

than her bookish husband &/or that she was held to have married

to disoblige her family?

--suggest finding another adjective than "handsome" which seems

to be overused here (handsome husband, handsome children)



--suggest changing "Tom, though somewhat the elder at age 27,"

to "Tom, aged 27" (his age has nothing to do with his being a first


--suggest changing final word, "match" to "one" or other similar

word as "match" is just used earlier in the sentence; alternatively,

replace final 2 sentences entirely with something shorter along the

order of "Neither parent regards such a potential match with favor."



--add M.I.P.?



--suggest change first part to: "Mentioned in passing; a sister of

Mrs Tallent. She brought Mrs Tallant rose-colored Indian muslin

underwear from London, shocking their mother..."

THEALE, Emma (or possiblY Emma Tallant)


--I reread the passages mentioning Emma several times and could

not discern whether she's 1. a sister to either Rev. or Mrs Tallant

(in which case as a married woman her name would no longer be

either Theale or Tallant); 2. a sister-in-law to Mrs Tallent via one of

her (unmentioned) brothers, making her Theale; or 3. a sister-in-

law to Rev Tallant via another unmentioned brother & making her

Tallant. under these circumstances, perhaps it might be better to

list her as Emma (nolastname)?



--add Coachman to his name, since he is continually referred to as

Timothy Coachman?

--add that he is the one who drives Arabella & Miss Blackburn to




--delete "dog" (redundant? doesn't mongrel mean a kind of dog?)

--add that he's convinced he's born to be a carriage dog?



husband of Lady Wainfleet who thinks it is "all a hum" when his

wife tells him Beaumaris told her he's going to make Arabella all

the rage.

WIGAN, Duchess of


married to present Duke, son of Dowager. M.I.P. by the Dowager

as a "die-away ninny" (ch. 11, part way thru)

WIGAN, Duke of



referred to by name ("Wigan") as having sent "rubbish" wine to the

Dowager Duchess (ch. 11, part way thru)



--suggest deleting "(the orphing's)" as too cutesy?

*the Lord Chamberlin


(near end of ch. 10)

*Her Majesty the Queen


*Lord Elgin


(he of the marbles fame -- about 1/3 of the way into ch.


*Guy Fawkes


part way into ch. 17)



"she stated her fervent desire to see the latest example of Sir

Thomas Lawrence's art, and dragged him away from a minute

inspection of the President's latest enormous canvas..." -- part way

into ch. 15)



Mentioned in passing; a family known to Lady Bridlington;

they must be invited to Lady Bridlington‚s evening party, in

which Miss Arabella Tallant will be introduced to London

society. Lady Bridlington describes them as a delightful

family, sure to entertain largely during the upcoming season

(ch 5, p. 79)



Mentioned in passing as a damsel who has given up wearing a

deplorable collar of sapphires, under the general trend away

from ostentatious displays of jewelry inspired by Miss

Arabella Tallant (ch 9, p. 154)



Mentioned in passing: character in a story being read by

Miss Margaret Tallant

Alphonse, Monsieur


French chef who cooks for Mr. Beaumaris at the latter‚s

London residence. (ch 4, p. 52)



Mentioned in passing as a man who drove to Richmond Park (a

locale outside London) collected live dandelions, and

returned with them to London for transplanting into his

flower-boxes. This was his attempt to be beforehand with

the world, given that the Nonpareil (Mr. Beaumaris) seemed

to be setting a new fashion for the wearing of dandelions in

the buttonholes of gentleman‚s coats (ch 12, p. 196)



Pseudonym adopted by Master Bertram Tallant when he travels

to London without parental knowledge or permission, after

having taken his small exams up at Oxford (ch 10, p. 165)



Mentioned in passing as the woman who raised the little

love-child or orphan boy, Jemmy, before he became

apprenticed to ole Grimsby, the master chimney-sweep. Mrs.

Balham is characterized as having been a rare one for jackey

(strong drink). (ch. 8, p. 126)



(nickname "Golden Ball")

Mentioned in passing as an odd-looking man who screws up his

mouth, and walks in a ridiculous way, as though going upon

stilts. He is known to Mr. Beaumaris as a dandy who is

worth no less than 40,000 pounds p.a.. (ch 8, p. 122) He

also is mentioned as one of the well-breeched swells who

takes turns running the faro bank a at the Nonesuch Club in

London (ch 13, p. 214). This is a real historical figure:

his full name during most of the Regency was Edward Hughes

Ball (born about 1799, son of a naval captain named Ball

whose widow remarried another naval man, named Hughes. In

1819 he inherited the enormous fortune of his stepfather,

Adm. Sir Edward Hughes, and took the latter‚s surname,

becoming Edward Hughes Ball Hughes).

BEAUMARIS, Lady Maria (nee Lady Maria Caldicot; also known

as Maria and Mary)


Daughter of one of the Dukes of Wigan, and mother of Robert

Beaumaris; she is deceased as of the events of the novel (ch

11, p. 191)



The Nonpareil, the Arbiter of Fashion - a very elegant and

wealthy fellow (said, indeed, to be worth at least 50,000

pounds per year, which would make him more wealthy than

Golden Ball); leader of society and, more to the point, hero

of the novel. Through his mother he is the grandson of the

Duke of Wigan; his paternal family, Beaumaris, is one of the

oldest families in England. Personally he is aged 30; a

tall man, possessing a well-knit form and a handsome face,

with finely chiseled brows, gray eyes, and a customary

expression of cool reserve. People who do not know him well

consider him proud and disagreeable. But when he smiles his

whole faces softens, and his eyes light with amusement. He

wears his hair in a Stanhope crop; his coats are by Weston.

He is an expert rider (a Melton man, in fact), is

acknowledged to be one of the finest shots in England, and

is a notable amateur boxer. He drives a yellow-winged

phaeton-and-four, among other equipages. He appears to

belong to Brooks‚s club (ch. 4, pp.52, 54 bot., 55-7, 66; ch

5, pp. 72, 81; ch 6, p. 98; ch. 7, p. 117; ch 10, p. 174; ch

11, pp. 181, 186; ch 12, p. 197; ch. 13, p. 219)



Young woman in service as an under-servant to Lady

Bridlington. Becky was afflicted with tooth-ache at one

point in the novel and, receiving kindness from Miss

Arabella Tallant, thereafter became devoted to her (ch 8,

pp. 128, 130, 132)



Mentioned in passing as the young brother of Becky, who is

in service to Lady Bridlington (ch 8, p. 130)



Grey-haired woman who but recently had worked as a governess

for a worthy matriarch known to the Tallant family. Miss

Blackburn has been released from service, and has leave to

return to her home in Surrey. This means she must travel to

London, and thus can accompany Miss Arabella Tallant when

that damsel travels to London for her season. (ch. 2, p.

36; ch. 4, p. 61)

BOLTON, Captain (R.N.)


A naval captain, known to an uncle of Master Harry Tallant.

It is Harry‚s fondest hope that his Uncle Jack (James

Theale) will use his influence on Harry‚s behalf, and

convince Captain Bolton to take Harry to sea, in his next

commission. (ch. 1, p. 8)

BRIDLINGTON, Lady (nee Arabella Haverhill) (nickname Bella)


The former Miss Haverhill, and godmother of Arabella

Tallant. Lady Bridlington is an old school friend of

Arabella‚s mother who contracted a brilliant marriage.

Though Lady Bridlington has never visited Yorkshire and is

not personally known to Arabella Tallant at the start of the

novel, she has been in infrequent but regular contact by

letter with Mrs. Tallant. From girlhood Lady B has been

plump, cheerful, and possessed of an easy good nature:

characteristics much in evidence as the story opens. Lady

Bridlington has vivacity and humor, but no excess of either

intelligence or wisdom. Still, she is a kindly woman, pays

her servants well and is civil to them, and is cheerful and

generous to her friends. She is very fond of visiting,

shopping, and spectacles. Lady Bridlington produced only

one pledge of affection for her husband: a son, Frederick,

some seven or eight years older than Arabella. At the time

of the novel Lady Bridlington is widowed, enjoys a handsome

jointure, and lives in London in comfortable circumstances.

She also is somewhat bored, and thus welcomes the chance to

take charge of Miss Arabella Tallant, giving for her

godchild the London season she never had occasion to give to

a daughter. (ch. 1; pp. 6, 14-15; ch. 2, p. 22; ch. 7, p.




(1) The late Lord Bridlington, whose given name is not

recorded in the novel, was the husband of the former

Arabella Haverhill, godmother of Miss Arabella Tallant. To

please his new wife, he added a ballroom and conservatory to

the back of their London home (ch 12, p. 200)

(2) Frederick, the current Lord Bridlington as of the

time of the novel, is the son of Miss Arabella‚s godmother;

by repute a respectable young man; he is travelling on the

Continent, in Germany, as the events of the story open.

However, he soon returns to Town, to learn what his mother

means by filling his house with unknown females. Frederick,

Lord Bridlington, is a stocky, rather ponderous man of 26,

educated at Eton, of bookish if not powerful understanding,

who has read widely but relies more on a strong memory than

on subtle intellect to retain what he has read. Lord

Bridlington likes Almack‚s, and approves of its strict

rules. A man who perhaps inherited the title at too early

an age, he is described as not inclined to question his own

consequence, and as marked both by an inclination for

ceremonious hospitality and by natural frugality (ch 1, p.

15 bot; ch. 5, pp. 77, 85; ch. 7, pp. 106-107, 115; ch 12,

pp. 200-01)



Butler to Mr. Beaumaris, who serves his master at the

latter‚s hunting-box in Leicestershire, and also in London.

(ch 4, pp. 54-55, 60, 62; ch. 9, pp 159-160)

*BRUMMEL, George Bryan (nickname "Beau") (1778-1840)


Mentioned in passing: he has been done up, and replaced by

Robert Beaumaris as the Arbiter of Fashion (ch 4, p. 66)

(This is a real historical figure: Beau Brummel in his

heyday was the supreme dandy and arbiter elegantiarum of

London. Educated at Eton; in 1794 received a commission

into Prince George‚s own regiment, the 10th Hussars; he rose

to Captain in 1796, but resigned about 1798. His house was

in Chesterfield St., London. He "retired" to Calais in 1816

to evade his creditors, thus the events in Arabella take

place no earlier than 1816 and no later than 1820, when the

Prince Regent became King.)



Mentioned in passing; a family known to Lady Bridlington;

they must be sent a card of invitation to Lady Bridlington‚s

evening party, where Miss Arabella Tallant will make her

London debut. Lady Bridlington describes the Buxtons as a

delightful family, sure to entertain largely during the

upcoming season (ch 5, p. 79)



A retired servant of Mr. Beaumaris, now living in Hampshire:

Mr. Beaumaris fosters the orphan boy, Jemmy into her care

briefly, but is obliged to move him to the care of the head

groom when his boyish energies prove too much for that

elderly lady (ch 9, pp 147, 151)

*BYNG, the Hon. Frederick (nickname "Poodle" Byng) (died


A gentleman who has for years been known as "Poodle" Byng

due to his habit of driving his curricle accompanied by "a

very highly bred and exquisitely shaved poodle." Poodle

Byng takes severe exception to the sight of Mr. Beaumaris

driving with the mongrel dog, Ulysses, seated beside him,

imagining himself to be mocked thereby (ch 12, pp. 196-197)

[While the anecdote about the source of the nickname

"Poodle" may have been apocryphal rather than real, the

person was real: a family surnamed Byng held a peerage as

Viscount Torrington prior to and during in the Regency

period: and the youngest son of John Byng, 5th Viscount

Torrington, was the Hon. Frederick Gerald Byng, probably

born between about 1778 and 1785, which would put him in his

30s, a few years older than Mr. Beaumaris, during the events

of the book. Per Burke‚s peerage the Hon. Frederick worked

in the foreign office, and at some point was a Gentleman

Usher of the Privy Chamber. He eventually married one Anne

Neville, and died in June 1871.]

*BYRON, Lord (George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron, 1788-1824)


Mentioned in passing by Mr. Beaumaris as a lamentable

influence on society, and by Lord Fleetwood as devilish

underbred. (ch 4, p. 53)

CALDICOT, Lady Caroline


Unmarried daughter of the Dowager Duchess of Wigan, who

lives with her widowed mother in Wimbledon, and sedulously

knits articles of clothing for the poor. She is thus Mr.

Robert Beaumaris‚ aunt. (ch 11, pp. 185, 191)

CALDICOT, Lady Mary (nickname Maria)


Daughter of the late Duke of Wigan, a beautiful creature who

became the mother of Robert Beaumaris. She has been some

time deceased as of the events of the novel (ch 5, p. 80)



Godmother of Master Bertram Tallant; regarded by that young

gentleman as elderly and of no use whatever; her only gift

to him having been "a devilish book called the Christian

Comforter or some such thing." (ch. 1, p. 12)



(1) A character named only "Carnaby" is mentioned in passing

as a gazetted fortune-hunter pursuing the "heiress" Arabella

Tallant (ch. 7, p. 109).

(2) Later in the novel a "Mr. Jack Carnaby" is introduced as

well nigh a Tulip of Fashion, who meets and befriends Master

Bertram Tallant at Tattersall‚s, in London, and takes him to

a discreet little gaming house in Pall Mall. It is not

clear whether this latter Carnaby is meant to be the same as

the Carnaby mentioned earlier in the story, though the

inference is reasonable (ch 10, p. 178)



Woman of Heythram from whom the Tallant girls borrow bound

volumes of Ladies‚ Monthly Museum, a periodical that

provides, among other things, crucial fashion information as

well as serialized fiction. Mrs. Caterham also figures in

the story as the former employer of the governess, Miss

Blackburn, q.v. (ch 1, p. 6; ch. 2, p. 36)



Mentioned in passing, the two dashing daughters of Mrs.

Caterham, who contrived to teach the Misses Arabella and

Sophia Tallant the steps of the waltz. (ch 7, p. 116)



Mentioned in passing as someone Lady Bridlington means to

invite to the evening party that will constitute Miss

Arabella Tallant‚s introduction into London society. (ch 5,

p. 79)

CHALGROVE, Earl of (family name Wivenhoe)


Mentioned in passing as an affluent earl who subscribes to

the indulgent parental theories of the 1st Lord Holland:

that young men should be allowed to run up debts and gamble

as they will. The Earl‚s heir is "Chuffy" Wivenhoe, one of

Arabella‚s admirers (ch 12, p. 204)



Mentioned in passing as a married couple whom Lady

Bridlington plans to invite to the evening party where Miss

Arabella Tallant will make her London debut. (ch 5, p 79)

They later are mentioned in passing as a couple that

socialize with Arabella: they give a ball where Arabella and

Mr. Beaumaris have one of their encounters (ch 9, p. 144).

The wife later is referred to as "Lady Charnwood," implying

that the husband is a knight or baronet, if not a peer,

though this is never clarified in the book (ch 14, p. 250)



Mentioned in passing as one of "a great many" people who

don't care a button if Arabella is rich or not (ch. 7)

*CLARENCE, Duke of (William Henry Guelph, 1765-1830)


Mentioned in passing as the man who came up to Lady

Bridlington and Arabella after Sunday morning service in the

Chapel Royal and was most affable, without any elevation of

manner. Arabella, in describing him to her family in a

letter, cannot say he is handsome, precisely, (his head is a

queer shape, and he inclines to corpulence), and he talks

loudly and laughs a great deal, but she owns his countenance

to be benevolent. (ch. 5, pp. 83-84). William Henry was

the third son of George III and his queen, who in 1830 would

succeeded his elder brother George IV as William IV, King of




Mentioned in passing as a gentleman from Yorkshire, known to

Oswald Warkworth; Clayton has never heard of the "fabulously

wealthy" Tallant family who hale from that county (ch 7, p.




Groom in the service of Mr. Beaumaris (ch 9, p. 159; ch 11,

p. 184)

*COLERAINE, Lord (George Hanger, 4th and last Baron

Coleraine, peerage of Ireland) (died 1824)


Mentioned in passing as "Georgy a Cock-horse," observed on a

mettlesome steed on Rotten Row at the fashionable hour of

five o‚clock (ch 10, p. 174). While the odd nickname may be

apocryphal, the person is real: George Hanger was the third

and youngest son of the 1st Lord Coleraine, whose Irish

barony was created in 1762. George inherited the peerage

from his elder brother in 1814 as the last remaining male

descendant of the first Baron. Since George never married,

the barony would become extinct in 1824 when he died without


? CONANT, Sir Nathaniel


Mentioned in passing, Chief Magistrate of Bow Street ; Mr.

Beaumaris, an acquaintance of his, has a word with him about

the iniquities ole Grimsby visits upon his apprentices.

This may be a real person, but we have not verified from

available records that he existed. (ch 9, p. 147)



Peer who married the former Miss Therea Howden, after that

damsel had her heart broken by that most hardened and

accomplished flirt, Mr. Beaumaris. (ch 7, p. 105)

*COWPER, Emily


Not explicitly identified in this book as a patroness of

Almack‚s, but mentioned in passing, in the same breath with

Lady Sefton as someone Lady Bridlington must invite to the

evening party in which her god-daughter, Miss Arabella

Tallant, will make her London debut. (ch 5, p. 79)

*CRIBB (nickname "The Champion")


Mentioned indirectly: the keeper of Cribb‚s Parlor, a London

boxing establishment. Cribb is a former champion who was

presented with a silver cup after his final fight, vs.

Molyneux "the Black" (ch 10, p. 178)



A real historical personage from ancient times: referred to

here only in the slang sense of a proverbially wealthy man.

Mr. Beaumaris suggests that "Croesus" is what his friend

Charles meant to call him, instead of Midas, but Charles,

Lord Fleetwood, protests, saying he‚s never heard of this

Croesus fellow. (ch 4, p. 53)



The personal maid of Lady Bridlington; a sharp-faced

spinster who has grown to middle-age in her ladyship‚s

service, and who does not scruple to bully her without

compunction. (ch 6, p. 94)

DEWSBURY (nickname "Young")


A "young Dewsbury" is mentioned in passing as one of several

young swains in the Heythram area who have been dangling

after Miss Arabella Tallant. This man may be the curate of

one of the neighboring parishes, though the Rev. Henry

Tallant is obliged to own him a very vulgar fellow. (ch. 2,

pp. 21, 23)



Mentioned in passing; a nobleman known to Lady Bridlington;

he must be sent a card of invitation to Lady Bridlington‚s

evening party, when her god-daughter Miss Arabella Tallant

will make her London debut. Lady Bridlington implies that

he himself may be led to offer for Arabella‚s hand (ch 5,

p. 79) He is one of the few who do not appear at the party

(ch 6, 97)



Mentioned in passing: a Miss known to be wearing the willow

for the elusive Robert Beaumaris; the dowager Duchess of

Wigan asks if Mr. Beaumaris intends to offer for her, a

question which he answers, firmly, in the negative (ch 11,

p. 187)



Nickname applied to Miss Arabella Tallant when it is

imagined she is a great heiress. The usage appears to be a

biblical allusion to Dives, the rich man of the parable in

the book of Luke (ch 5, p. 88)



One of the Draytons of Knaresborough, a local family in the

Heythram area that has made a considerable fortune in

trade. Master Joseph, who drives a smart curricle, has

become particular in his attentions toward Miss Arabella

Tallant, leading Mrs. Tallant to suppose that an offer may

be forthcoming. This is not a prospect that endears itself

to Arabella‚s father. (ch. 2, pp. 20, 21)



Very expensive London dress-maker, patronized by Lady

Bridlington. Mme Dumaine does, however, reduce her charge

for making Arabella‚s ball-gown, when Lady Bridlington

represents to her the advantages that must inevitably

supervene when it becomes known that Miss Tallant‚s gown was

made by the expert hand of Mme. Dumaine. (ch 12, p. 201)



An elderly Frenchwoman who lives in Harrowgate, near

Heythram: dress-maker to all the Tallant women; she has

refined taste, and the further excellence of charging no

more than reasonable prices (ch 1, p. 30)

ECCLES, Joseph


A long-time employee (farmhand) of the Rev. Henry Tallant,

who considers himself the mainstay of the establishment (ch

1, p. 8; ch. 2, p. 27)

EDGEWARE, Duchess of


She doesn‚t appear in a scene in the book: but does send a

lisping gentleman to command Mr. Beaumaris‚ attendance at

her side during the Regent‚s party at Carlton House (ch 12,

p. 200)

*Elgin, Lord (Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl

of Kincardine) (!766-1841)


Mentioned in passing in the context of the "much disputed"

Elgin marbles, then on display at the British Museum in a

special wooden shed (ch 15, p. 248) This was, of course, a

real person: Thomas Bruce succeeded as a minor to the

Scottish earldoms of Elgin and Kincardine. He was educated

at Harrow, Westminster, and St. Andrews, joined the army and

became a general officer, but spent much time in diplomatic

service: at various times he was envoy to Brussels, Hesse,

Prussia, and, in 1799 Constantinople. While in residence as

ambassador extraordinary in Turkey, he collected the

classical Grecian sculptures, vases, reliefs, and statues

later called the Elgin Marbles and had them shipped to

England during the years 1802-12. He asked the government

to purchase the collection for the nation, which finally

happened in 1816, though at a price -- 35.000 pounds ˆ below

the costs of transportation and restoration.



Nephew of the Hon. Mrs. Penkridge, and doted upon by that

formidable woman. Horace is an elegant gentleman (which is

to say, a fop), complete with side whiskers, a scented

handkerchief, and a quizzing glass. He is a man of such

thinness as to feel compelled to add padding to the

shoulders of his jackets; and he favors startling

waistcoats. He has approached his aunt with a request to be

put in the way of meeting the "new heiress," Miss Arabella

Tallant (ch 5, p. 88; ch. 6, p. 98). A gazetted

fortune-hunter (ch 7, p. 109), he offers marriage to

Arabella while slightly tipsy at a masquerade at the Argyll

Rooms (ch 8, p. 124). He tries again, under the heartening

influence of champagne, at Lady Bridlington‚s Ball, but is

interrupted, to chilling effect, by Mr. Beaumaris (ch 12, p.


*ESTERHAZY, Princess


Mentioned in passing: one of the patronesses of Almack‚s,

she introduces Mr. Beaumaris to Arabella as a desirable

partner for the waltz (ch 7, p. 117)



Mentioned in passing: an extremely lovely, extremely

temperamental and rapacious high-flyer, formerly a cherie

amie of Mr. Beaumaris. The latter does not, however, seem

to regret his loss of her companionship. (ch 4, pp. 53-54)



Mentioned in passing; an elderly woman in the parish of

Heythram. (ch. 2, p. 26)



Mentioned in passing: a family known to Lady Bridlington;

she decides not to invite them to her evening party to

launch her god-daughter Miss Arabella Tallant, since, being

childless, they have no sons of marriageable age (ch 5, p.


*FAWKES, Guy (1570-1606)


Alluded to in passing (ch 17) This was a historical figure:

a leader of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.



A race-horse, reportedly a sure winner, that fails to place

after Master Bertram Tallant and Chuffy Wivenhoe each bet on

him (ch 13, pp. 213, 219)

FINCHLEY, Humphrey


Mentioned in passing as one of several young swains in the

Heythram area who have been dangling after Miss Arabella

Tallant. The prospect of him as a son-in-law is not

pleasing to the Rev. Henry Tallant, Arabella‚s father. (ch.

2, p. 21)

FLEETWOOD, Lord (Charles)


An erratic young sprig of fashion and a bit of a rattle,

friend of Mr. Beaumaris. (ch 4, pp. 52, 53, 64)

His family are all to pieces, and it is known he must marry

money (ch 5, p. 81); he is a noted amateur boxer at

Gentleman Jackson‚s Boxing School (ch 10, p. 174)



Mentioned in passing as a chit with a dowry of merely 30,000

pounds: quite put in the shade by the huge fortune of Miss

Araballa Tallant, in the view of Horace Epworth (ch 5, p.


*FOX, Charles James (1749-1806)


Mentioned in passing only as "the late Mr. Fox"; the

reference appears to be to Charles James Fox, the famous

politician, second son of Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, and

grandson (through his mother) of the 2nd Duke of Richmond.

(ch 15, p. 204)



A married couple known to Lady Bridlington; should they

prove to be in town, she determines to invite them to the

evening party at which her god-daughter, Miss Arabella

Tallant, will be introduced to London society (ch 5, p. 79)



Mentioned in passing as a man who drove all the way to Esher

(a locale evidently some distance out of London) in search

of dandelions, when it appeared that the Nonpareil was

setting a new fashion for the wearing of dandelions in the

buttonholes of gentlemen‚s coats (ch 12, p. 196)

GRIMSBY (nickname "Ole")


Brutal master of the climbing-boy, Jemmy, who beats and

burns his young apprentice, and who is reported to be

married to a woman of similarly unfeeling disposition (ch 8,

pp. 124-125)

*GUELPH, Frederick (the Duke of York) (1763-1827)


Mentioned in passing only; does not directly figure in the

story. Frederick, Duke of York, was the second son of

George III.

*GUELPH, George (the Prince Regent) (nickname Prinny)



Mentioned in passing as an excellent and amiable host; he

gives a dress party at Carlton House (ch 12, p. 199).

George, Prince of Wales, was the eldest son of King George

III; he became Regent in 1811 when his father seemed to go

permanently mad, and would succeed to the throne in 1820 as

George IV.

*GUELPH, Princess Mary (1776-1857)


Perhaps the most admired of the daughters of George III;

mentioned in passing as having worn the most magnificent

toilet, and as smiled graciously at Miss Arabella Tallant

when the latter was presented at the Drawing Room (ch 10, p.

177) Princess Mary was the 11th child (4th daughter) of

George III and his queen. She married her first cousin,

William Frederick, 2nd Duke of Gloucester, who evidently was

almost an imbecile (his nickname was "Silly Billy"). He

died in 1834 without issue; she died in 1857

*GUELPH, William Henry


See entry for CLARENCE, Duke of



Senior domestic servant, probably the butler, of the dowager

Duchess of Wigan (ch 11, p. 185)



Mentioned in passing as one of several young swains in the

Heythram area who have been dangling after Miss Arabella

Tallant. The prospect of him as a son-in-law does not

conduce to the happiness of Arabella‚s father. (ch. 2, p.


*HOLLAND, Lord (Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, died in 1774)


Mentioned in passing as the father of "the late Mr. Fox"

(presumably Charles James Fox), and a believer in indulging

one‚s sons and covering their gambling debts and other bills

without demur (ch 12, p. 204)

HORNSEA, Sir James


Mentioned in passing as a parent of three charming

daughters, which trio went walking with Miss Arabella

Tallant in London. (ch 5, p. 86)

HOWDEN, Theresa


A Miss who once was one of Mr. Beaumaris‚ flirts, and whose

heart was broken. She went, indeed, into an actual decline

when it became evident that he did not mean to offer for

her, after having paid her particular attention for one

entire Season. She later solaced herself by marrying Lord

Congleton. (ch 7, p. 105)

*JACKSON, (nickname "Gentleman")


Instructor in the pugilistic arts, who keeps an exclusive

school for the purpose in Bond Street, London. Gentleman

Jackson has great dignity, unexceptionable manners, and his

decisions are accepted as final in respect to all questions

of sport (ch 10, p. 174)



Young undernourished climbing-boy, aged perhaps seven or

eight, who falls out of the chimney in Arabella‚s bedroom

one morning - hungry, dirty, bruised from a beating, dressed

in rags, with burned legs and feet. He does not know his

parents, being an "orphing" on the Parish; he was raised by

a Mrs. Balham before being apprenticed to a master

chimney-sweep. Arabella, immediately feeling pity for the

boy, takes him away from his brutal master, and passes him

on to the care of Mr. Beaumaris (ch 8, pp. 124-126).

Eventually he is taken into service by Mr. Beaumaris‚ head

groom (ch 8, p. 137)

*JERSEY, Lady [Sarah Sophia Villiers, Countess of Jersey]

(died 1867)


She does not have a direct speaking part in the book, but is

mentioned in passing as an attendee at the Regent‚s party at

Carlton House, a "vivacious, restless, and scintillating"

woman who spends quite twenty minutes flirting with Mr.

Beaumaris. A jealous Arabella considers her an odious

creature (ch 12, p. 200)

This was a real person, born Lady Sarah Fane, daughter of

the 10th Earl of Westmorland. In 1804 she married George,

Viscount Villiers, heir to the 4th Earl of Jersey; George

inherited as 5th Earl in 1805.



A London money-lender with few scruples about lending money,

though not even he can be induced to make a loan to a minor

(ch 13, p. 212)



One of the men in the taproom of the Cock, an inn in Tothill

Fields, London (ch 16, p. 259)

*KEAN [Edmund]


Mentioned in passing only as Kean. The reference is to

Edmund Kean, born about 1787, who would die in 1833, and who

during the Regency period was a famous tragic actor. He was

a slight, bandy-legged man with a powerful stage presence,

capable of thrilling his audience with the power of his




A woman known to Lady Bridlington, and stigmatized by her as

one who cannot be relied upon to reciprocate an invitation -

and one who, moreover, gives shabby entertainments. What is

worse, Lady Kirkmichael has a daughter of her own, a lanky

female, who stands in need of a husband. (ch 5, p. 79)

The Kirkmichaels later are mentioned as having given a

Venetian breakfast for 600 guests (ch 14, p. 248)



The lanky daughter of Lady Kirkmichael. (ch 7, p. 104) She

later, as Mr. Beaumaris reports, stops her practice of

wearing a vulgar and mis-matched assortment of chains,

brooches, and necklaces, in conformance to the trend toward

simplicity in the wearing of jewelry after the fashion set

by Miss Arabella Tallant (ch 9, p 154)

*LAWRENCE, Sir Thomas (1769-1830)


Mentioned in passing as one who has pronounced on the

artistic value of the Elgin marbles (ch 14, pp. 249,250).

He is a real figure: a painter whose paintings were

displayed in Somerset House, London. He was a child prodigy

as a drawer of likenesses, famous before age 10, and at age

20 won a commission to paint the Queen at Windsor. He was

knighted by the Prince Regent in 1815, and commissioned to

paint the portraits of the allied generals and statesmen who

together had defeated Napoleon. He later would be elected

President of the Royal Academy. In 1820, on the death of

Benjamin West



Woman from the slums of Willow Walk, in Tothill Fields,

London. She is a strapping young woman with bloodshot eyes,

greasy yellow hair and a comely face not entirely eroded by

torrents of gin (ch 14, pp. 231, 233-34)



Mentioned in passing as the man who fobbed off a

showy-looking but unsound horse upon Charles, Lord

Fleetwood, the friend of Mr. Beaumaris. (ch 4, p. 54)



He is one of the well-breeched swells who takes turns

running the faro bank at the Nonesuch Club in London (ch 13,

p. 214)

*Lord Chamberlain


An official mentioned in passing, referred to only by title

(ch 10)

? Malcolm, Sir John


Mentioned in passing as the author of a book called "History

of Persia" (ch 2, p 25)



Maidservant to Lady Bridlington (ch 8, p. 127; ch 12, pp.


Maria, Miss


An eligible damsel who may become the wife of Tom, eldest

son and heir of Sir John Tallant ˆ once Miss Arabella

Tallant no longer lives in the neighborhood to cast her in

the shade (ch 2, p. 35)



Servant (most probably housekeeper) of Mr. Beaumaris at his

hunting-box, a house in Leicestershire, some five or six

miles from Grantham. (ch 4, p. 55, 60, 62)



The old king of legend, whose touch turned everything to

gold. Mr. Beaumaris is called a "Midas" by his friend Lord

Fleetwood, who indignantly rebuffs the suggestion that he

meant Croesus, not Midas. (ch 4, p. 53)

*MOLYNEUX "the Black"


Mentioned as the final boxing opponent of Cribb, the great

champion (ch 10, p. 178)



Mentioned in passing as another master-sweep, an associate

of ole Grimsby, who was sentenced to two years‚ imprisonment

for having caused the death of a six-year-old climbing boy

(ch. 8, 127)

MORECAMBE, Sir Geoffrey


Mentioned in passing; a gentleman known to Lady Bridlington;

he must be sent a card of invitation to Lady Bridlington‚s

evening party, when Miss Arabella Tallant makes her London

debut. Lady Bridlington implies that he himself may be

tempted to offer for Arabella‚s hand (ch 5, p. 79) He

later is described as a gazetted fortune-hunter (ch 7, p


*MORTON, Lord (George Douglas, 16th Earl of Morton in the

peerage of Scotland; born probably in 1759, died 1827)


Mentioned in passing as having been seen in Rotten Row

astride a long-tailed gray (ch 10, p. 174) This was a real

person, holder of an old Scottish earldom, who received a

British barony in 1791 (Baron Douglas of Lochleven).

*NOLLEKIN, Joseph (1737-1823)


Mentioned only fleetingly as "Nollekin," a sculptor whose

bust is on exhibit in Somerset House, London. (ch 14, p.

255) This is a historical figure whose name also seems to

have been spelt "Nollekens" he was the foremost portrait

sculptor of his day. His father and grandfather were

painters from Antwerp; he himself was apprenticed at age 13

to Peter Scheemakers (the latter of whom had earlier

emigrated to London; he created the bust of Shakespeare in

Westminster Abbey, in 1740). Nollekin also studied in Rome

for 10 years. His first bust was of the actor, Garrick; his

second bust, of Lawrence Sterne, established his

reputation. He returned to London in 1770 and proceeded to

amass a considerable fortune. (Treasure, Who‚s Who, p. 434)

? O‚NEILL, Miss


Mentioned in passing as a London singer or actress to whom

Master Bertram Tallant loses his heart - from a discreet

distance away, in the pit. (ch 10, p. 174)

? ONSLOW, Tommy


Mentioned in passing as having been seen driving his

curricle in Rotten Row at the fashionable hour of five

o‚clock (ch 10, p. 174)



Housekeeper to Sir John Tallant, the Squire. (ch 2, p 35)



Peerless gentleman‚s gentleman to Mr. Beaumaris, whom every

Tulip of Fashion has sought to tempt away from the latter‚s

service. Mr. Painswick is shocked ˆ shocked! -- when Mr.

Beaumaris proposes to leave London for a week and not take

Mr. Painswick along (ch 13, pp. 216-217)

PENKRIDGE, The Hon. Mrs.


A childless woman, and doting aunt of Mr. Horace Epworth;

she is known "as much for her haughtiness as for her acid

tongue." Unexpectedly she visits her suddenly dear friend,

Lady Bridlington, for the purpose of inviting Lady B. and

her protegee Arabella Tallant, to a select Musical Soiree.

This sudden warmth from a woman who had never before

encouraged friendship comes as a surprise to Lady

Bridlington (ch. 5, p. 88)



Mentioned in passing as the husband of Mrs. Penkridge, and

as the not always gracious source of the funds she lavishes

on her nephew, Horace Epworth.

*PETERSHAM, Lord (Charles Stanhope, 1780-1851)


Lord Petersham is mentioned in passing as an "amiable but

vague peer," one of the well-breeched swells who take turns

running the faro bank at the Nonesuch Club in London (ch 13,

pp. 214, 221). There was a real person of that name:

Viscount Petersham is the second title of the Earls of

Harrington, and is borne as a courtesy title by the Earl‚s

eldest son and heir. The sitting Earl during the Regency

period was Charles, 3rd Earl of Harrington, who succeeded in

1799 and didn‚t die until 1829. His son and heir Charles,

thus would have been called Lord Petersham during the time

when the events in ARABELLA take place. However, this Lord

Petersham was not at that time a peer, except by courtesy.



Mentioned in passing; a gentleman known to Lady Bridlington;

he must be sent a card of invitation to Lady Bridlington‚s

evening party, where Miss Arabella Tallant will be

introduced to London society. He has been in want of a wife

for the past two years, and, while he may be a trifle old

for Arabella, there can be no harm in inviting him to

Arabella‚s debut. (ch 5, p. 79)

President, The [West, Benjamin]


In context the reference seems to be to the president of the

Royal Academy: mentioned in passing only by title, when

Frederick, Lord Bridlington, is dragged away from an

examination of the President‚s latest "enormous canvas" to

come and inspect the paintings of Sir Thomas Lawrence --

thus leaving Miss Arabella Tallant alone with Mr.

Beaumaris. (ch 15, p. 251) The reference would be to

Benjamin West, q.v.



A member of the domestic staff at Mr. Beaumaris‚ London

home: probably an upper servant, since the household butler

condescends to chat with her (ch 11, p. 182)

*Prince Regent


Mentioned in passing: see entry for GUELPH, George

*Princess Mary


Mentioned in passing: see entry for GUELPH, Mary



A beggar woman from the back slums of Tothill Fields,

London. Arabella observes her feeding an infant out of a

black bottle, presumably containing gin, from which Sue

herself also drinks (ch 14, p. 233)

*The Queen


Mentioned in passing



Friend of Bertram Tallant from their days at Harrow, though

Mr. Scunthorpe is a year or two the elder. A mild young

man, not yet of age and child of a long-dead father, he

hales from Yorkshire and also has a house in Berkshire,

where his widowed mother lives. Felix has a slightly

vacuous countenance, dresses with extreme care, and is a

trifle unsure of his ground around ladies. Since being

tossed out of Harrow for his want of aptitude for learning,

he has been on the town in London, and hence is an expert

guide for his friend Bertram Tallant. He later confides

that he had his tailor make him a coat whose lapels copy

those on a coat Weston produced for Mr. Beaumaris (ch 10,

pp. 163-164, 167, 169; ch 13, p. 212; ch 16, p. 259)

*SEFTON, Lady (named variously in different peerage

directories as Maria Margaret (or Maria Margaretta, or

Elizabeth) Molyneux, Countess of Sefton) (1769-1851)


Mentioned in passing as a patroness of Almack‚s: Lady

Bridlington naturally invites her to Miss Arabella Tallant‚s

London debut; Lady Sefton not only attends the party but

approves of Arabella, and promises to provide vouchers for

Almack‚s. (ch 5, p. 79) Lady Sefton was a real person:

daughter of William, 6th Lord Craven, and Lady Elizabeth

(daughter of the 4th Earl of Berkeley). On New Year‚s Day

1792 she married William Philip, only child and heir of

Charles, 1st Earl of Sefton in the Irish peerage; William

Philip succeeded as 2nd Earl in 1795. The couple had a

numerous family: 4 sons and 6 daughters



A high-nosed lady of fashion from Grosvenor Square, the

mother of five "hopeful and expensive sons" all of whom need

to marry advantageously, whose sudden condescension, in

visiting Lady Bridlington, for more than an hour, much

puzzles the latter. (ch 5, pp. 86-87)



Husband of Lady Somercote, possessed of five sons and

heavily mortgaged estates; mentioned in passing as having

taken "one of his fancies" to Arabella (ch 5, p. 87)



Mentioned in passing as one of Lord & Lady Somercote's five

'hopeful' sons; he becomes another of Arabella's many

would-be suitors to enter the lists against Mr Beaumaris (ch




Mentioned in passing, along with Weston, as the ne plus

ultra of men‚s tailors (ch. 1, p. 10; ch 10, p. 171)



Mentioned in passing: physician to the dowager Duchess of

Wigan (ch 11, p. 185)



Mentioned in passing: tailor to Mr. Felix Scunthorpe, who

keeps his shop in Clifford Street, London (ch 10, p. 171)

TALLANT, Algernon


Second son of Sir John Tallant, and nephew of the Rev. Henry

Tallant, Algernon is thus a first cousin of Miss Arabella

Tallant and the other children of the Rev. Henry. At the

time of the events in the book he holds a regimental

commission, and is stationed in Belgium; he has no speaking

role in the novel (ch. 2, pp. 21, 33)

TALLANT, Arabella (familial nickname Bella; referred to as

"Lady Dives" at one point)


Eldest daughter of the Rev. Henry Tallant, and heroine of

the novel bearing her name. Arabella Tallant has curly dark

hair, and is the acknowledged beauty of the family with

"large dark expressive eyes," little straight nose,

delicately molded lips, an excellent figure with a neat

ankle and a "deceptive air of fragility." She also

possesses a dimpled, enchanting smile, both mischievous and

appealing. Prior to the events in the book she has never

been farther from home than York. Her besetting fault is

impetuosity, but she is a good-tempered girl (ch 1, pp. 4,

7; ch. 3, p. 47; ch 4, p. 62; ch 5, p. 86)

TALLANT, Bertram


Second son of the Rev. Henry Tallant; favorite brother of

Miss Arabella Tallant. Bertram is a handsome well-formed if

loose-limbed young gentleman,* aged 17, Harrow-educated, and

just emerging into adulthood as the novel opens; later in

the story he turns 18, and takes a furtive holiday in London

without parental blessing. He is somewhat fairer than his

sister, with dark chestnut hair, and an aquiline cast of

countenance. Beyond the understandable yearning to be a

tulip of fashion, he wants to become a coronet in a regiment

of Hussars. But such a commission, costing 800 pounds, lies

beyond his parents‚ means. The Rev. Henry Tallant believes

that college followed by a career in the Home Office would

be rather more the thing. (ch 1, pp. 8, 10-11; ch 10, pp.

163, 177; ch 12, p. 203) Bertram has athletic grace, is

knowledgeable about horses, and even so exacting a judge as

Chuffy Wivenhoe finds him an excellent curricle-driver (ch

12, p. 203; ch 13, p. 208)

*Note that Heyer later seems to contradict her

"well-formed" description, by saying that Bertram‚s tailor

had been obliged to add buckram wadding to Bertram‚s coat,

to fill out the shoulders (ch 4, p. 57),.

TALLANT, Lady (Eliza)


Mentioned in passing: late wife of Sir John Tallant, and

thus deceased sister-in-law to the Rev. & Mrs. Henry

Tallant. This now-dead Lady Tallant is described as

dreadfully inclined to take a pet, she had a jealous

temperament and was, in sum, underbred (ch. 2, pp. 28, 33,


TALLANT, Elizabeth (familial nickname Betsy)


Youngest daughter of the Rev. Henry Tallant (ch 1, p. 3).

She is nine years old, and of a sickly constitution very

vulnerable to colds, sore throats, and other complaints (p.

6, 17, 41)

TALLANT, Grandma


Presumably the mother of Henry & John Tallant, and

grandmother of Miss Arabella Tallant; she is mentioned in

passing as the person from whom Arabella inherited a pearl

necklet she cannot feel it right to sell (ch. 14, near the




One of the sons of the Rev. Henry Tallant; brother of

Arabella. He is aged 11, a stout boy with curly hair, keen

to go to sea (ch. 1, p. 8)

TALLANT, the Rev. Henry


Vicar of Heythram; alumnus of Oxford; husband of Sophia and

sire of eight offspring, all handsome. Henry is the younger

son of a landed gentleman, and possesses a small independent

income in addition to the living of Heythram itself, which

brings in about 300 pounds per year. He is a scholarly man

with no taste for society, nor patience with idle chatter or

worldly trifles. His only personal extravagance lies in the

purchase of books. Despite all, however, his children allow

him to be a right Œun. (ch. 1, pp. 7, 11, 13; ch. 2, pp 19,




Mentioned in passing: the eldest son of the Rev. Henry

Tallant; educated at Harrow, up at Oxford during the events

of the book; intended for a career in Holy Orders. (ch. 1,

p. 11)

TALLANT, John (familial nicknames Jack and Baby Jack)


The youngest of the sons of the Rev. Henry Tallant; brother

of Arabella. He is the godson and namesake of Sir John

Tallant, his father‚s elder brother. Master John, as the

youngest son, is still in the nursery during the events of

the story (ch. 1, p. 8; ch 2, p. 34)

TALLANT, Sir John (The Squire)


Sir John, elder brother of the Rev. Henry Tallant, is a

landed gentleman, a widower as of the time of the events of

the book, with two sons (Tom and Algernon) of his own. Sir

John (a knight, presumably, there being no indication that

he is a baronet) is on amicable terms with his brother, but

the two men have little in common, either by interest or

temperament. The Squire is not bookish or particularly

intelligent, having more interest in horses than in social

or intellectual niceties; he is accounted a warm man,

hospitable and fond of company, but also careful with his

money (ch. 2, pp. 21, 32, 33, 34)

TALLANT, Miss Margaret (familial nickname Meg)


Mentioned in passing: buxom 15-year-old girl, third of the

four daughters of the Rev. Henry Tallant, and sister of

Arabella (ch. 1, p. 4)

TALLANT, Mrs. Sophia (nee Theale)


Wife of the Rev. Henry Tallant, and mother of Miss Arabella

and seven other comely children. Accounted a beauty in her

youth; Sophia fell in love on sight with Henry Tallant and

married him despite opposition from her family (he, after

all, was but a younger son, and there was a certain baronet

who, it was felt, might be caught instead). Sophia‚s father

was well enough to pass that he could provide his daughter

with a set of diamond jewelry and a small annual income.

Sophia is a reader of novels, but is held to be a sensible

woman, more practical than her bookish husband. She had no

London Season of her own, due to unspecified familial

circumstances: she met her future husband at a party in

York. Her husband believes that she spends private funds on

herself, but in fact the money has either been spent on her

children or saved to defray the expenses of Arabella‚s

London season. (ch. 1, pp. 5, 11, 13-14, 16-17; ch. 2, pp.

22, 33; ch. 3, p. 45)

TALLANT, Miss Sophia (familial nickname Sophy)


Second eldest of the four daughters of the Rev. Henry

Tallant (junior only to Arabella). Aged 16 years. Taller

than Arabella, and robust with flesh and good health; once

she loses her baby fat it is generally conceded that she may

hope to rival Arabella in good looks. (ch 1, p. 7)



Elder son of Sir John Tallant, and nephew of the Rev. Henry

Tallant. Tom, age 27, is thus a first cousin of Arabella

and the other children of the Rev. Henry. He has begun to

dangle after his lovely cousin Arabella, but neither his

uncle nor his own father favors the match. (ch. 2, pp. 21,

33, 35)



A Very Important lady, whom it would be folly itself to

neglect to invite to Lady Bridlington‚s evening party where

Miss Arabella Tallant will make her debut in London

society. (ch 5, p. 83)



A young man mentioned in passing as one of the notable

amateur boxers who frequent Gentleman Jackson‚s Boxing

School in London (ch 10, p. 174)



Mentioned in passing as a family whom Miss Blackburn

formerly served as governess, before being hired by Mrs.

Caterham. (ch. 4, p. 60)



Mentioned in passing as a very modish young man, one of the

Tewkesbury youngsters to whom Miss Blackburn sometime served

as governess. (ch. 4, p. 61)



Mentioned in passing, a sister of Mrs. Tallant; she once

brought Mrs. Tallant rose-colored Indian muslin underwear

from London, shocking their mother. (ch. 2, p. 29) She

sends Miss Arabella Tallant the gift of a huge sealskin

pillow-muff and a tippet for a going-away present, prior to

that damsel‚s departure for London (ch. 3, p. 47)

THEALE, Emma (or possibly Emma Tallant) (nickname Aunt Emma)


Aunt of Miss Arabella Tallant, though Heyer never specifies

her family affiliation. Aunt Emma lives at Arksey, only a

little out of the way between Heythram and London. She has

a number of children, all of course cousins of Arabella.

Aunt Emma finds Arabella the very image of her mother

Sophia, which implies but does not prove that Emma was by

birth a Theale, not a Tallant. (ch 3, pp. 46, 47)

THEALE, James (nickname "Uncle Jack")


Brother of Mrs. Henry Tallant (nee Sophia Theale), and thus

maternal uncle to his sister‚s eight children by the Rev.

Henry Tallant. Uncle James is the one Master Harry Tallant

hopes will use his influence on Captain Bolton, R.N., to

secure for Harry a place on Captain Bolton‚s ship. (ch 1,

p. 8; ch. 2, p. 34)



Horse owned by Sir John Tallant, elder brother of the Rev.

Henry Tallant. (ch 2, p. 34)

Timothy ("Timothy Coachman")


Steady and trustworthy coachman to Sir John Tallant; he

drives Miss Arabella Tallant and Miss Blackburn to London.

(ch 2, pp. 37, 38)



A small and ownerless mongrel dog rescued from the torments

of a pack of boys by Miss Arabella Tallant, and consigned to

the care of Mr. Beaumaris, to whom he immediately develops

an attachment. Ulysses has a sandy coat, a curly tail, one

flying ear, and a conviction of having been born to be a

carriage dog. He also has an intolerably toad-eating manner

toward his new master, as Mr. Beaumaris informs him

severely. (ch 9, pp. 155, 160)



An aristocratic family related by blood to Robert Beaumaris.

(ch 5, p. 81; ch 6, p. 97)

WAINFLEET, Lady Louisa


Mentioned in passing: Lady Wainfleet is Mr. Beaumaris‚

cousin (ch 6, p. 102; ch 12, p. 205)



Mentioned in passing as the husband of Lady Wainfleet: he

thinks it is "all a hum" when he hears that Mr. Beaumaris

means to make Arabella all the rage.



A crony of Lord Fleetwood‚s; he accompanies the latter to

the evening party where Miss Arabella Tallant makes her

debut into London society (ch 6, p. 97). He also is

mentioned as a friend of Sir Geoffrey Morecambe (ch 7, pp




Housekeeper to the dowager Duchess of Wigan; Mr. Beaumaris

speaks of her affectionately as one of his oldest friends

and allies (ch 17, p. 275)

* WEST [Benjamin, (1738-1820)]


Mentioned in passing, by surname only. as one who, along

with Sir Thomas Lawrence, has pronounced favorably on the

aesthetic value of the Elgin Marbles (ch 14, p. 249) The

reference seems to be to Benjamin West, RA, an expatriate

American who came to London in 1763, and quickly established

himself in the king‚s patronage as a painter of portraits

and of large canvases on historical subjects.. He became a

founding member of the Royal Academy in 1768, and was

elected its President after the death of Sir Joshua Reynolds

in 1792˜a position West held till his own death in 1820



Mentioned in passing, along with Stultz, as the ne plus

ultra of men‚s tailors (ch. 1, p. 10; ch 10, p. 171); Mr.

Felix Scunthorpe has his tailor produce a copy of the lapels

on a coat Weston made for Mr. Beaumaris (ch 10, p. 167)

WIGAN, Dowager Duchess of


The still-living grandmother of Robert Beaumaris. This

formidable matron, in her day a great belle whose former

beauty can still be descried in her face, is the mother of

four sons and three surviving daughters. She lives in

Wimbledon with Lady Caroline, an unmarried daughter,

terrorizes her grandchildren, her lawyer and physician, and

her dependents, and is "scathingly contemptuous of

everything modern." (ch ch 5, p. 81; ch. 11, pp. 184-185)

WIGAN, Duchess of


Mentioned in passing as the woman married to the present

Duke, son of the Dowager Duchess. The Dowager stigmatizes

her successor a "die-away ninny" (ch. 11)

WIGAN, Duke of (family name Caldicot)


(1) Deceased as of the time the novel is set; father of

Lady Mary Caldicot, and grandfather of Mr. Beaumaris. The

country seat of the dukes is known as Wigan Park (ch. 5, p.

80; ch 11, p. 191; ch 13, p. 217)

(2) While there is a Duke of Wigan during the events of

the novel, he never appears as a character. He is once

mentioned in passing (as "Wigan") because he sent some wine

that the Dowager Duchess found to be "rubbish."



Mentioned in passing as a gentleman known to Sir Geoffrey

Morecambe and Mr. Oswald Warkworth; apparently Withernsea

hales from Yorkshire, and hasn‚t heard of the fabulously

wealthy Tallant family. (ch 7, p. 115). He is later

mentioned as one of the notable amateur boxers at Gentleman

Jackson‚s Boxing School (ch 10, p. 174)



A peer who is not likely to come up to scratch and offer for

Arabella, in Mr. Beaumaris‚ view. Lord Witney‚s rank is not

specified, though evidently it exceeds that of Charles, Lord

Fleetwood (ch 13, p. 216)

WIVENHOE, Lord (nickname "Chuffy" Wivenhoe)


One of the most disinterested of Arabella‚s admirers, heir

to the earldom of Chalgrove; his nickname, Chuffy, is given

affectionately, because of his round and good-humored

countenance (ch 12, p. 204)



Mentioned in passing as the author of a book called

Prolegomena ad Homerum, which argues that more than one hand

was behind the compositions attributed to the Greek poet

Homer. Copies of the book are owned by both Mr. Beaumaris

and the Rev. Henry Tallant. (ch 17, p. 282)



Childless head groom to Mr. Beaumaris, at the latter‚s

estates in Hampshire. Wrexham is impressed by the orphaned

Jemmy‚s way with horses, and takes the boy into his charge

(ch 9, p. 152)

*York, Duke of


Mentioned in passing: see entry for Guelph, Frederick

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