Study Guide

The Mysteries of Udolpho Characters

By Ann Radcliffe

Emily St. Aubert

Before Zooey Deschanel ever batted her long eyelashes on New Girl, Emily St. Aubert was making a...

Valancourt

It takes a special kind of guy to approach strangers out of the blue, but Valancourt's just that...

Signor Montoni

Montoni's not the kind of guy you want to meet in a dark room. Emily's scared of him from the...

Agnes

Major spoilers to follow: who woulda thunk that Signora Laurentini was hiding out in the convent...

Annette

We can see exactly why Emily likes her silly maid, Annette: if scaredy-pants Emily is a little...

Barnardine

Oh, we could see this guy and his devious ways from about a mile away. Barnardine even manages to...

Barreaux

Mr. Rogers seems like he could take a couple cues from Barreaux, the St. Auberts' neighbor at La...

Blanche de Villeforte

Hold up, who's this girl again? When Blanche bursts in at the end of Book III, it's Emily all...

The Bonnacs

Talk about a last-minute addition: Monsieur Bonnac's got one purpose, and one purpose alone. He's...

Count de Villeforte

Ah, the benevolent Count de Villeforte. He's pretty free with the romantic advice to Emily,...

Count Morano

Poor Count Morano isn't used to being rejected, due to owning a casino in Italy and all. But when...

Countess de Villeforte

The Countess doesn't get too much facetime in this story, but maybe that's kind of the point....

Du Pont

We may never know exactly how creepy Du Pont is, because we only know when Emily caught him being...

Henri de Villeforte

As the only son of Count de Villeforte, Henri's life is set. He can take his sweet time finding a...

La Voisin

La Voisin's a kindly elderly peasant who doesn't think twice about taking in two bedraggled...

Ludovico

Ludovico's either unnaturally brave or unnaturally stupid, and we're not hazarding a guess as to...

Madame Cheron/Montoni

Ooh-la-la. Everyone always wants an elegant French aunt, but what happens when she's got a bit of...

Madame Clairval

She's the conveniently wealthy aunt of Valancourt who's also frenemies with Madame Cheron. These...

Madame St. Aubert

Unfortunately for Madame St. Aubert, we don't get to see much of her in the book. She sure does...

Quesnel

Family duty is not really a term in Quesnel's vocabulary. He's all too happy to let his niece...

St. Aubert

If there's anyone more obsessed with experiencing the wonders of nature than Emily, it just might...

St. Foix and Baron St. Foix

Young St. Foix is just about as perfect as they come for husband material, given his sweet...

Theresa

Theresa, the elderly maid from La Vallée, definitely got the short end of the stick. When...

The Italian Signors

Cavigni, Bertolino, Orsino, and Verezzi make up the boys' club of Udolpho. They're hot-tempered...

Ugo and Bertrand

Ugo and Bertrand are just hired assassins, trekking across the countryside to schlep Emily to...