Name and age?
Marguerite Adelaide Calloway, 17 years old
Nickname(s) – given by whom, and how?
Maggie - by her brother when she was born, being unable to pronounce her full name
Peggy - suggested by her own person to her schoolmates in an attempt to sound more English.
What is most noticeable about your character’s appearance/physical presence? How does he or she feel about it?
Currently (and in her own mind) it is her slightly protruding belly. It is a constant worry to her, and she goes to great pains to hide it.
Describe his or her voice, verbal ticks, pet phrases etc.
She has a fairly low voice for a young girl, and speaks in the Queen's English. She stammered as a child, but managed her way out of it by her early teens.
Describe a gesture your character makes.
When in distress, she places her pointer finger across her lower and closes her eyes.
Where does he or she now live? Describe the city, town or village, the house itself. Be very specific. Any feelings about this place?
She lives in a comfortable manor near London. It has been her home for as long as she cares to remember, and it makes her feel quite safe.
Has s/he lived elsewhere? What does s/he remember of these places?
During the semester, she resides at Bridges (or will until her final, forthcoming term). It once felt like a second home to her, but after the events of last semester dreads returning.
What part of her home is her favourite? Least favourite? Why. Describe, using specific details.
She enjoys her bedroom most because of the view. It is arranged in such a way that she might wake and look out the window at the landscape beyond. Her least favorite place in the house is her father's study because she associates it heavily with his distance from her and her brother.
What does your character’s bedroom/sleeping place look like? (lots of detail please)
It is a very lush environment. Her bed, as previously stated, is situated so that she can get a glimpse of the surrounding landscape in the morning. Her vanity is on the wall directly opposite her bed, and is scattered with an array of hairpins, ribbons, and jewels that the maid has neglected to put away. Her wardrobe is on the wall beside the bed (opposite the window) and in it is an enviable collection of the finest gowns (many of which no longer fit her in her present condition). The ceiling is white and ornately carved, though she is unable to see it through the canopy over her bed.
What does he or she wear to sleep in?
She used to sleep in a relatively short nightgown, but the style now reminds her of the incidident. She now sleeps in a longer one.
What does your character dream of at night?
She has feverish nightmares of what happened to her, and they are often fraught with images of Anthony Harris, her savior.
Who are/were her parents? Rest of family? What does she feel for them?
Her parents are Celeste Marie LeMieux Calloway and Richard Everett Calloway. They are very cold, though not intentionally, and she fails to see them as supportive figures in her life. Her father is a businessman, who lost his first wife in the months after their marriage. He was married to a much younger French heiress - Celeste LeMieux in a year. She admires their love and devotion to one another, despite their failings as loving parents.
Marguerite's brother is Edward Henry Calloway. He is 21, and looking to marry. He has no profession, but dabbles in poetry. He and his sister are very close, and he is the one to whom she discloses the terrible incident, and the one who helps her rid herself of the resulting…disturbance.
Class, ethnic group, religious background?
Upper class English – society people.
Who does s/he love, or has s/he loved? Or what. Detail.
She has never been in love, but she idolizes Anthony Harris for coming to her aid in her hour of need. She has not seen him since, but secretly desires him very much and is sick with worry over his current whereabouts.
Who loves him or her?
Her brother loves her very much, but other than that it is unclear. Anthony is gone for the time being, and the monster’s identity and motives are unknown (though it is highly unlikely that he was driven by anything more than common lust). There is one other – a certain Everett Appleton – who is dying to make her his wife, but whether it is love or a desire for wealth that pushes him is not discernable.
Married/ in relationship/single? Give names and specifics.
How does your character feel about sex/intimacy? What sexual relationship(s) is he or she involved in?
She is terrified by it. She has only experienced the one sexual encounter, and it has shaped her view of them entirely. Prior to that, she only thought of sex in the context of “Lie back and think of England.”
Exactly what does your character do to make a living (or in the case of a child, what do his/ her parents do; or in the case of independent wealth, how does he or she pass the time?)? How much does s/he earn? Feelings about work? What is the best part of the job, the worst?
She has no job and never will. Her father does some business in London, investing in new companies, but he does not require work to keep his family. In the absence of money earning responsibilities, Marguerite takes piano lessons privately during the summer months and attends finishing school during the year, studying everything from French to ballroom etiquette.
Who or what does/he fear?
Many things – almost all of which date back to the events of May 7th, 1864. Her greatest fears are the dark and strangers. She and her brother used to go on frequent outings, losing their governess and wandering the streets of London happily. The idea of being in the crowded streets of London does nothing but frighten her now.
What about his or her life would he or she change if s/he could?
Her pregnancy – and she has already attempted to change that with an infusion of diachylon and nutmeg purchased by her brother. In addition, she would of course change the events which resulted in the pregnancy.
Does the character have a hobby? Secret passion?
She loves music – she plays piano and sings. She takes comfort in music, primarily because of the control she holds over the music she makes. She has a talent for it, and used to dream about being a performer. She also enjoys reading, particularly the works of Dickens..
What would be his or her favourite smell (why)?
She is partial to the smell of roses, and always dabs her wrists with a bit of rose water in the morning.
What kind of shoes does he or she wear, (e.g. furry slippers or gumboot or trainers… new or old, style, what colour, fitting properly or too tight or too loose, nice and clean or old and smelly)? Describe exactly.
Her favorite shoes are a pair of white satin slippers she often dons for society calls. She also favors a pair of brown kid boots for outings.
Favourite meal? Attitude to food?
She loves fish, but very much dislikes turkey.
Her favorite gown is a new pale blue silk that she recently purchased to mask her delicate condition. It has white lace all down the front, and ribbons all around the bottom.
What is the worst thing that could happen to him or her right now?
It is possible that the lead poisoning brought on by the diachylon could cause her death, but she hardly cares. She is much more concerned that it serve its intended purpose – and the worst thing in her mind would be if it failed.
What vehicles does your character use/own? (for example: bike, skateboard, truck, yacht, stroller, canoe, spaceship, battered pickup, etc.. please be as exact as possible). What are his/her feelings towards it/them. What kind of journeys does he or she make?
Her family owns carriages, which she finds reasonably agreeable. She used to prefer to walk, but she now finds that she has taken a new liking to the seclusion and safety offered by the carriages.
What is his or her most treasured possession?
A ruby brooch worn by her French grandmother is her most valuable possession. She hardly wears it, as her mother tells her that the deep red of the jewel is not at all flattering to her auburn tresses.
What illnesses has he or she suffered, if any?
In her own mind, such an undesirable pregnancy could be construed as an illness.
What’s his/her philosophy of life? What are his or her most strongly held beliefs?
She does not know. She used to feel very strongly about mercy and forgiveness, but is no longer so sure.
What does he or she feel guilty about?
She often feels as though she is at fault for what has happened to her, a notion perpetuated by the stinging looks and remarks she has gotten from anyone (but her brother) who discovers her condition.
Biggest mistake ever made?
Planning the midnight garden celebration with her school chums that led her to be alone on the grounds in the night.
Best thing he/she ever did?
The best thing she has done was inquire about the possibility of private music lessons.
What, right now, does your character want most of all?
Peace of mind, accompanied by freedom from what has transpired.
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