Also Known As: Rose Marianne Aurore Louise d’Aubrey Beaumont (full name), My Little Pearl, Princess, Cinderella, Cherie, Little Bird.
Born: October 22, 1914; Contaille-sur-Seine France
- James Beaumont/Charles Prideaux (father)
- Madeleine d’Aubrey Beaumont (mother)
- Claude d’Aubrey (grandfather)
- Emmeline d’Aubrey (grandmother)
- Catharine d’Aubrey Mathieu (aunt)
- Mimi d’Aubrey (aunt)
- Mathilde Thomas Danton (cousin)
- Agnes Thomas (cousin)
- Gabriel Renault (childhood playmate)
- Edmond Danton (cousin-in-law)
- Papa Verte (neighbor and friend)
- Louise Verte (neighbor and friend)
- Dominic Verte (neighbor and friend)
- Manon Dupont (friend)
- Augustin Lerou (lover)
First Appearance: Chateau Aubrey
Appearance and Personality:
Marianne is described as being small, and slight but sturdy, with a fresh, youthful face, small grey-hazel eyes, and a full coral mouth. She has long blond hair which she usually wears in updos but looks better with it down.
Marianne is not conventionally beautiful but is considered very pretty, especially when she smiles. Her father Charles describes her faces as “soft and youthful and her mouth was full and babyish but but her eyes looked tired and weary and there was something cynical in the curl of lips and the crease of her brows. She seemed both young and old for her age; both innocent and world-weary. Charles found her face hauntingly beautiful” (Retribution: Chapter 21)
Marianne is a naive, somewhat sheltered young woman but is rather intelligent and insightful. She seems younger and more un worldly than she really is which causes people to underestimate her. She is very kind and moral and is seen as something of a goody goody. Her flaws include a fiery temper, which often goads her into humiliating emotional outbursts, and a tendency to be too trusting and gullible.
Marianne is intelligent and insightful enough to see the flaws in society but tries to keep a cheerful and optimistic outlook.
Marianne’s mother Madeleine came from the aristocratic french d’Aubrey family but her father James grew up penniless in New York City. Madeleine’s family did not approve of their marriage. James went off to fight in World War One when Marianne was a few months old and went missing during the battle of the Verdun and was presumed dead.
Marianne grew up in Rouen in Normandy but spent several years in Cannes, where her mother Madeleine died from tuberculosis. She was left in the custody of her aunts Catharine and Mimi and was sent to school at a convent with her cousin Mathilde and Agnes.
At eighteen, Marianne decided to leave the convent instead of becoming a nun as her aunts had planned. She joined her family in Paris but lives on her own and works as a waitress at a cafe.