The Duke of Snodgrove is a minor character in Soulless and a major one in Poison or Protect. He owns half of Berkshire, but is notorious for underspending on his wife's balls. He hosts the ball at which Alexia is attacked at the beginning of Soulless.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Duke is described as tall, stooped, and lined.

Personality[edit | edit source]

He is known to be a very devout man.

History[edit | edit source]

He is the father of Violet Bicker-Harrow, Florence Bicker-Harrow, Lionel Bicker-Harrow, and Constance Bicker-Harrow.

In the books[edit | edit source]

Poison or Protect[edit | edit source]

The Duke of Snodgove threw a house party. In an effort to separate his daughter (Lady Violet) from her intended (Mr. Jackson) by hiring Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star. Unbeknownst to him, rivals are planning an assassination attempt against him at the party. The failed attempt took place during a horse ride through the estate. 

Soulless[edit | edit source]

The ball Alexia Tarabotti attends at the beginning of Soulless is thrown by the Duke and his wife.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "'The Duke of Snodgrove is notoriously reticent about any additional expenditure at his wife's balls. Victuals were probably not on the list of acceptable offerings.' He sighed. 'The man owns half of Berkshire and cannot even provide a decent sandwich.'" (Soulless, Chapter One)
  • "'Well, the article continues on with a more extensice review of the ball. Goodness, the writer even criticizes the Duchess of Snodgrove for not providing refreshments." (Soulless, Chapter Two)
  • “A private dirigible awaited them outside the station. The Duke of Snodgrove, a consummate host, had seen fit to provide the most modern conveyance.” (Poison or Protect, Chapter One)
  • “The duke was one of those remarkable politicians who looked exactly like his caricature – tall, stooped, and lined.” (Poison or Protect, Chapter One)
  • “The Duke of Snodgrove is known for his devout leanings.” (Poison or Protect, Chapter One)
  • “Oh yes, Father can be quite avant-garde. Not in his faith, of course, but he does have some progressive leanings. Hides them well, poor thing, but can’t seem to stop.” (Poison or Protect, Chapter Four)
  • “Knowing the duke’s lack of subtlety, he would ensure Preshea was seated next to Mr Jackson at supper. ” (Poison or Protect, Chapter Four)
  • “The duke was pacing about – calling for the constabulary, his steward, the local magistrate, his scrivener, the town butcher, his favorite hound, and anyone else he could think of in any position of authority.” (Poison or Protect, Chapter Ten)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • His house is in Mayfair, next to the Hypocras Club. (Soulless, Chapter 2)
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