"We all have a Master, child."- to Emily upon her commitment to The Asylum
Madame Mournington is the Headmistress of the Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls.
Madame Mournington was born and raised in Coventry, England. At one point she married to the father of her children Montmorency and Violet and relocated to London. While enjoying an upper middle class life, she describes her married life as abusive and violent. The mysterious passing of the senior Dr. Stockill was merely weeks later followed by the tragic and unexplained death of little Violet. Madame Mournington remained in mourning for the rest of her life.
Asylum Headmistress Edit
As her son took over as head physician of The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, she was given the position as Headmistress. Her duties include retrieving cast-off girls, being the face of the institution to families delivering girls to the Asylum and informing new inmates of the Asylum and their new situation.
Madame Mournington tells her story through a series of letters, much like Emily to Emilie, addressed to her sister Augusta. Tormented by dreams of her deceased daughter and beginning to feel unsafe in the Asylum due to the presence of the new surgeon, Dr. Greavesly, she leaves for her sister's house and tea salon in Coventry. Upon returning to the Asylum she happens upon the body of the recently murdered Christelle, who smells like almonds, just like little Violet upon her death. The reality of what is actually going on in the Asylum comes crashing down on her, she confronts her son, and finally takes her life with cyanide.
Personality and apperance Edit
Madame Mournington has devoted herself to a life under the guardianship of her son, who dotes upon her, while she struggles with conflicting emotions for him. She genuinely believes that The Asylum is state of the art and a good place to put 'the ungrateful girls' that arrive here. Her cold-hearted approach to the girls and distant disposition likely stems from the loss of her daughter Violet, as she states she had difficulty being around female children. In the end, having seen and realized the truth, not just behind the cruelty towards the inmates but Violet's fate, she is overcome with remorse over her part in the years of murder and misery inside the Asylum walls.
Madame Mournington is described as having dark eyes, an aquiline nose and a haughty demeanor. She wears heavy, grey dresses and carries a chatelaine with the Asylum Key suspended.