Molly is the Fae housekeeper at the Folly.

This is Molly,” said Nightingale.“She does for us.”
“Does what?”
“Whatever needs doing,” said Nightingale.
--Rivers of London

Characteristics Edit

Molly does not speak, but is able to understand British English. The only sound she makes is a rhythmic, hissing sound when she laughs. Her age is unknown, but it is comparable to Thomas Nightingale's. She has a liking for raw meat, has too many pointed teeth and the ability to open her mouth wider than usual for humans, which leads her to cover her mouth when it is open.[2]

She appears as a silent lady dressed as an Edwardian maid and acts as the housekeeper, chef, and butler of the Folly (including the coach house). She can move at incredible speed if she needs to.

She never leaves the grounds of the Folly, and neither Nightingale or Peter are sure why.[3] They hypothesize that she may never leave out of fear of imprisonment or subjugation by other fae.

Since coming to the Folly, Molly only takes two days off per year: when the clocks change for daylight saving time. During her vacation she spends time in her room.

Early Life Edit

In 1911, fueled by unsubstantiated rumors of white slave trading, Inspector Murville organized a raid in Limehouse, London. In the home of stage magician 'Manchu the Magnificent' (born Henry Speltz, in Canada) they found Molly in a disappearing cabinet.[2]

Murville evacuated her to the Folly at Russel Square. Once she entered the building she refused to leave. Subsequently she was brought up by the Folly staff in the tradition of 1910s-1920s domestic service.[2]

Post-World War II Edit

After the events at Ettersberg, British practicioner attendance and use of the Folly drastically diminished both because of the reduction in practicioners and the psychological ties survivors had with the building.

Despite his own psychological trauma, Nightingale refused to leave Molly alone at the Folly building. He and Molly lived together at the Folly for over 60 years (1945-2011/2012) until Peter Grant became an apprentice.

Present Day Edit

Molly seemed to be initially skeptical of Toby the dog, but they have developed an excellent relationship. Toby seems to have been trained or can take some commands from her, including retrieving a towel from Lesley May for return to the kitchen.[4]

She has taken to sneaking into the tech cave and swapping recipes on Twitter when Peter is out.[5]

Skills Edit

Magic Edit

She can perform Haemomancy and was able to transport Peter Grant back in time for his encounter with Henry Pyke.[6]

Culinary Skills Edit

Her culinary skills are legendary but her repertoire of recipes consists of British Public School food from the early 20th century. Many of these recipes include offcuts of meat not commonly used in modern cooking such as sweetbread and offal.

After Peter and Lesley's arrival at the Folly Molly introduced more modern cuisine onto the menu, partially through their gifts of modern cookbooks and partially through her own hard work. Her current cooking and baking appears to be inspired by both Jamie Oliver[3] and The Great British Bake Off.[7] She is also aware of dietary and religious restrictions as she makes special halal sandwiches for Sahra Guleed.[5]

Internet Edit

Although Molly does not physically leave the Folly, she leads an active online life that revolves around cooking and cuisine. Molly has both Facebook and Twitter accounts.[7] Her Twitter account is @jollygoodcook and she tweets to @dyingforAfag.[8] (In real life, neither of these accounts are actually owned by anything to do with Rivers of London). Abigail Kamara has also been instructing her in the art of online food photography using an old smartphone.[7]

Relationships Edit

Thomas Nightingale Edit

Molly cares greatly for Nightingale which is reciprocated on his part, however the nature of their relationship is unclear. Hugh Oswald reminisced on the unique, but at-the-time scandalous, nature of Nightingale's affinity with Molly prior to WWII.[9] Conversely Beverley Brook expressed distaste when Peter suggested an intimate relationship between Molly and Nightingale.[6]

Foxglove Edit

During the events of Lies Sleeping, Molly is reunited with a fae named Foxglove. They had previously been traded by their Queen to a human sometime in the 18th or 19th century. Molly and Foxglove were separated soon after this transaction, and Foxglove was kept in forced labor by various human practitioners for the next century. Peter Grant eventually aids his own and Foxglove's escape and reunites the two in The Folly where they share a tearful reunion. It is unknown if Foxglove is a blood relation or intimate partner, however Peter and Nightingale observe the two dancing in the moonlight soon after their reunion.[10]

Unknown Painting Edit

Peter discovers a nude impressionist painting of Molly holding a bowl of cherries or raw meat in the coach house.[6] Shortly after he finds a full portrait of Nightingale looking older and painted in a different style.[6] The artist of both these paintings is currently unknown.

References Edit

  1. Bookhobbit. (n.d.). [Tumblr post]. Retrieved from Created by tumblr user 'bookhobbit'
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Moon over Soho
  3. 3.0 3.1 Broken Homes
  4. Whispers Under Ground
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Hanging Tree, page 322.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Rivers of London
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The Furthest Station
  8. Body Work #2
  9. Foxglove Summer
  10. Lies Sleeping