• A cold and distant woman, Lady Elms deeply neglects her daughter, Ruth, and is disdained by her husband, Lord Elms. Having a privileged upbringing in India, she is member of a dying generation of the old empire. It was her harsh voice that disapproved of Freddie's presence in their home after the war. Lord Elms resents his wife's daily snobberies and the entrapped world she forces them to live in.