Gwendoline Mary Lacey, nicknamed Dear Gwendoline Mary, is one of the minor antagonists of the series. She came to Malory Towers in the same time as Darrell. Gwen is vain and shallow, attaching herself to any new girl she thinks is glamorous or rich. She has to leave the sixth form early when her father falls seriously ill.
She is described as having a sheet of long, blonde hair which she likes to wear loose around her shoulders, and big, pale blue eyes. She is mentioned to be rather overweight and spotty, although she is mentioned to be less overweight in the fifth form, after having extra sports that came from her pretendence about her weak heart the previous term.
Gwendoline is often described as selfish, lazy, conceited, hypocritical, spiteful, petty and spoilt. She is deceitful, determined, and she is not academically gifted but very clever when she badly wants her own way. She clings to new girls such as Clarissa and Zerelda, especially if she thinks they are rich or glamorous. She is portrayed as bringing all her misfortune upon herself, although she does have a point when she later tells Alicia, "You don't need to be rude immediately you see me," after Alicia makes a biting comment when Gwendoline is barely through the door.
Gwen might not have grown up to be the person she was if it weren't for her mother and governess, who constantly spoiled her and gave her own way. Gwendoline is very selfish and conceited and only really cares about herself. She pushed her father to the point that he became ill from exhaustion so that she could go to finishing school, and in the fourth form she deceived her parents, by saying that she was ill from having a weak heart, this shows that despite her selfishness she was very determined, scrupulous and clever when she badly wanted her own way. When her father became ill, she changed herself drastically and she stopped being selfish and looking only out for herself.
Gwendoline is very bad at sport, and lazy at her lessons but she is determined to get her own way. In Goodbye Malory Towers by Pamela Cox, she becomes a sixth form finishing school teacher, because she had been to finishing school. Gwen does not have many abilities, but probably could if she tried harder. She is an example of a fixed mindset.
However, Gwen can be very clever and determined when she desperately wants something. For example, in her fourth form, Gwen decided to get out of the School Cert. exam by pretending she has a weak heart. She planned it all and when Clarissa didn't say anything to her mother about it, Gwen didn't give up, she found Mam'zelle Dupont and continued with her plan. True, it was a cruel one that caused her parents a lot of stress and worry.
Family and FriendsEdit
Mr. & Mrs. LaceyEdit
Gwen's parents. Her mother has always spoiled her terribly and undoes any good Malory Towers does for her. Her Father is more sensible, and Gwen talks about how he reminds her of Miss Potts sometimes.
This was Gwendoline's Governess before she came to Malory Towers. She visits Gwen at half term with Mrs Lacey, and looks after Gwen in the holidays.
Gwendoline seems to be jealous towards Darrell because of her high spirits and popularity among the girls. This started when Gwen cruelly ducked Mary-Lou in the pool, and was shook by Darrell whom lost her temper for the first time. However, Darrell calms down, admits that she was in the wrong, and apologizes to Gwendoline. The girls now welcomed Darrell in warmth, but not to Gwendoline, as she did not accept Darrell's apology with grace and did not apologize to Mary-Lou either. This made Gwen more jealous of Darrell and wanted to seek revenge. She then decided to play horrible tricks to Mary-Lou and make it seem like it was Darrell doing them. This did not work when Gwen was discovered smashing Mary-Lou's favorite pen
In the last book, when her father became ill, and she had to leave the school, Darrell came to her to cheer her up. Later, she wrote Darrell a letter, saying thanks and telling her how she was doing.
Gwen is a victim of Alicia's sharp tongue. Alicia also likes to push Gwen to the pool.
Gwen pretended to be friends with Mary-Lou in the first form, but played mean tricks on her to frame Alicia and Darrell. Darrell was accused by Alicia so Darrell refused to stay with Alicia and moved to Sally, her best friend.
Daphne Millicent TurnerEdit
Gwen, like everyone else, got the impression that Daphne was rich, but she only liked Daphne because of her seemingly wealthy family
Gwen liked Zerelda in the third and fourth form, because she was a wealthy glamorous American girl. Gwen has a great desire to be friends with rich people.
In the third form, Gwen liked Mavis because of her singing talent.
Maureen loves Gwen, but Gwen despises Maureen because she can see how horrible she is and how alike they are.
One of Gwen's arch-enemies through the fifth form because Gwen wants to be Cinderella in the pantomime, and Moria told the whole class that she found Gwen pretending to be Cinderella.
Gwendoline is the only child of Mr and Mrs Lacey. She was home-schooled for the first twelve years of her life by her doting governess, Miss Winter.
Gwendoline starts for the first time. She does not want to leave her home, and is teased because of it and grows to not like the other girls