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Chapter 13 – A Visitor Calls at Ongar Park

Sophie Gordeloup

Sophie Gordeloup is the sister of Count Pateroff and Julia’s persistent, though increasingly undesired, companion.  While she makes a pretense of her willingness to help various other characters throughout the novel, her primary concern is for herself, and she schemes for ways to stay connected to Julia.  She is also rumored to be a foreign spy.  Her caginess may justify the etymology of her name:  “Sophie” comes from Greek sophia, “wisdom.”  Sophie’s unappealing craftiness contrasts with the winning sweetness of the similarly named Sophy Burton.  [RR 2013]