Posted by: gillarbuthnott | December 29, 2011

Invisible Wives…

Okay, here’s something to think about…

In Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Rebecca herself is a major character, but never appears. That got me wondering if there are other ‘absent characters’ in books. I came up with a couple from TV shows, namely Maris, Niles Crane’s wife in Frasier, and ‘Er Indoors’, Arthur Daly’s wife in Minder. (Interesting that they’re all wives… )  Ican’t think of any more from books, but I’m sure there must be some. Anybody out there know of any?

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  1. Beatrice Baudelaire
    Crazy Rhoda Zimmerman
    Dulcinea
    Freda Fry
    Godot (character)
    Mrs Grundy
    Little Red-Haired Girl
    Man Who Worked in the Garden
    Mrs. Columbo
    Mrs. Kitzel
    Pierre Nussbaum
    Rosaline
    Sycorax
    Mrs Wolowitz, The Big Bang Theory

  2. Wow! Now I feel very ignorant indeed. There are lots of these I haven’t heard of at all; I shall have to look them up. Who is The Man Who Worked In The Garden??
    Great to hear from another Arbuthnot/t – we are a rare breed!

  3. My favourites would be
    Harvey
    Sauron
    and Sheridon Bouquet

    (Bill & Ben)

    • Does Sauron count? He is present as a disembodied eye…

  4. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HeWhoMustNotBeSeen

    • Oh, that’s a brilliant site! I shall be spending some time there just as soon as I’m not in the middle of organising the New Year Party…


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