is a character in The Lives of Christopher Chant
. She is Christopher Chant
's last governess before he goes away to boarding school; he thinks of her as The Last Governess from the moment he meets her, because his mother
introduces her as "your last governess, I hope." (Due to the continual state of low-level warfare between Christopher's mother
, the household does not have a good record of retaining governesses.)
After Christopher goes away to Penge School, she keeps his mother company.
She keeps all signs of personality well hidden beneath a drab, pale exterior; she shows her true self to Uncle Ralph, her real employer, and sometimes to Christopher, but never to his mother.
Her first name is "Effisia"; when they're alone together Uncle Ralph calls her "Effie".
See also The Lives of Christopher Chant (spoilers).