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Madame Clairval in The Mysteries of Udolpho

By Ann Radcliffe

Madame Clairval

She's the conveniently wealthy aunt of Valancourt who's also frenemies with Madame Cheron. These ladies could star in Real Housewives of Tholouse any day and put Atlanta to shame. Sure, Madame Clairval exits the plot rather hastily once she stops being useful to Valancourt, but she has her head on her shoulders right. She sees that Montoni is a creep from day one and wants her nephew to stay far away from that mess.