Actress Glenn Close in the role of Edith Elfrida de Haviland in the 2017 adaptation

In the novel Crooked House, Edith de Haviland was the former sister-in-law of Aristide Leonides, since her sister Marcia had been his first wife. She lived at Three Gables with Aristide and his family.

Miss de Haviland knew Charles Hayward's granmother and had met his father when he was a child.

Plot

Edith is a spinster, she is repressed and bitter in behaviour, she spends her time on the estate shooting pests, she came to Three Gables to raise her sister's children with Aristide. She is now 70 and personally hated the way Aristide controls his family.

Solution Spoilers Ahead

She takes her great niece Josephine out in the car for a ice cream soda, however she drives off a cliff killing both of them. In a letter to the police she took responsibility for the murders that had been committed. However a second letter for the family reveals that she found Josephine's notebook in a dog kennel and killed them both to protect the little girl from jail or mental hospitals.

Portrayals

American actress Glenn Close portrayed Edith in the 2017 adaptation of Crooked House.

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