Harlots Wiki
Advertisement

Lady Rutledge is a minor character in Harlots played by Lisa Diveney.

Biography[]

Lady Rutledge is the wife of Sir Christopher Rutledge. Although her husband enjoys the "occasional dalliance" with other women, he dares not take a kept mistress for fear that Lady Rutledge would "chop off his manhood." Lady Rutledge may or may not b aware of her husband's passion for Charlotte Wells, but does get the chance to meet her one night at a dinner - she arrives with Sir George Howard in place of his wife, Lady Caroline Howard - where asks Charlotte to entertain them with some of her famed wit. George cuts in and insists that he has "cured her" of her wit, and the others laugh since poor George was always the butt of her jokes. Charlotte then forcefully pushes George to let his friends know how he managed to cure her in the first place - he beat and raped her. The others are aghast by her accusation and Lady Rutledge invites her guests to retire instead to the drawing room, where "the air is better." Charlotte leaves while George is chastised by Christopher before leaving George alone in the dining room.

Advertisement