Victoria is the perfect Victorian woman—obedient to the wishes of her family, even when they disagree with her personal feelings. She lives in a society and time when her parents choose her marriage, and even though she hopes she will be “in love with my husband,” she submits to their will and agrees to marry someone of their choosing. She makes a go of it with Victor, who finds it hard to accept that she has given away so much of her personal autonomy. Victoria doesn’t play the piano because her mother wouldn’t like it, and has forbidden it. She wants a simple, uncomplicated life: marriage and children. She is patient, dutiful, but also militant in her attempts to rescue Victor once she knows what’s happened. She serves her parents’ wishes, even when they counteract her own desires—such as agreeing to marry a man she doesn’t love, because she feels she has no choice and must do what’s best for her family (they need money, and Barkis can provide it, they assume). Victoria shares her feelings of concern about her husband with her maid, hoping that she likes Victor. She finds it hard to go against her parents except where he’s concerned, and risks their displeasure through attempts to rescue him. Victoria takes risks to save him, including escaping her parents’ home and forming a rope out of a blanket to assist in her escape. She asks questions about the dead from the local pastor, which gets her into trouble. Victoria is a little negative and apprehensive about the future (she hopes her marriage will go well and be full of love), but marries Barkis despite her worries about him.

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Victoria wants to fall in love with her husband—and finds it easy to love Victor. She constantly represses portions of herself, to get along with her mother and father, and make herself more appealing to them, while wanting her own life. Once she finds out Victor’s plight, she takes it upon herself to save him. She sees Emily as possessive and dangerous, and goes running off to the church to learn what she can, so she can rescue him from the underworld. She becomes most assertive on his part, rather than her own, assuming he needs her assistance. Part of her resignation comes from believing she has to be a ‘good’ daughter, and subjugate her own desires for the good of her family. They need her to marry well and bring money into the household, so she represses her anger and bad feelings about that into servitude.