Study Guide

The Old Woman in The Red Room

By H.G. Wells

The Old Woman

The old woman is the third in the trio of creepy old custodians. She has pale eyes and stares intently into the fire. Her most distinctive feature at the beginning is that she says "this night of all nights!" twice. She also warns the young narrator that he might not have lived long enough to see everything yet, ominously implying that there is more to see in life. Like the man with the withered arm, she’s scared of the red room. Whereas the man with the withered arm thinks it’s the earl who haunts the red room, the old woman is convinced it's the timid young countess.