Alwen is an old servant of the Woodhope family, visited by Mrs Strange and her brother Henry when he comes to stay with his sister at Ashfair for a month late in 1815.

It is a curious thing that we cannot be entirely sure whether Alwen is a man or a woman, for Alwen can be a man's name in England and a woman's in Wales - and Clunbury, the childhood home of Henry and Arabella, lies close to the border between the two[43].