Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott is Sophronia's roommate and best friend.
Dimity is Caucasian, with masses of honey colored curls and hazel eyes. Dimity is a little younger than Sophronia, approximately 13 in the first book, with a round porcelain face. When Sophronia meets her, Dimity is wearing an excess of jewelry and bright colors that make her "look quite the scandal, as if she were in training to be a lady of the night." In general, the girl has an affinity for garish jewelry which, as a consequence of her family's financial situation, are usually cheaper imitations.
A bright eyed and lively girl who loves to prattle, much to the dismay of her brother Pillover. Her biggest weakness is that she faints at the sight of blood. She also does not really wish to be more than a lady and married, which is at odds with her lessons at Mademoiselle Geraldine's. She is, however, surprisingly adept at stealth, deceit and social graces, but it is the danger of intelligencer life that she objects to.
Dimity is mostly outrageous and silly, but has a strong backbone of intelligence and wit.
She and her brother are disappointments to their evil parents due to this shared lack of evil intentions.
Dimity was born on February 2, 1838. She is a human girl who lived in the English countryside prior to attending Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing School.
Pillover Plumleigh-Teignmott is Dimity's brother. He is younger than her by a few years.
Dimity is unique at the Finishing School, in that her mother is a "Kitchen Chemist with Questionable Intent," a graduate of Mademoiselle Geraldine's, and her father is a founding member of the Death Weasel Confederacy and a graduate of Bunson's. Marriage between students of the two schools is "not done." The Plumleigh-Teignmott parents are both inventors and their activities cause a lot of trouble for their children.
In the books Edit
Etiquette & EspionageEdit
Curtsies & ConspiraciesEdit
Waistcoats & WeaponryEdit
Manners & MutinyEdit
- Dimity is easily distracted by fashion.
- Dimity is very good at blushing.
- Dimity is a very loyal friend
- Dimity faints at the sight of blood. (or the idea of it)
- Eventually she overcomes her dislike of blood enough to only faint when there is a great deal of it or when it gets on her.
- “Really, Sophronia, it makes me most uncomfortable how you manage to sort everything out every time I faint.” (Etiquette & Espionage, Lesson Seven)
- "I'd rather be loyal than right." (Curtsies & Conspiracies, The 6th Test)
- "'I thought you were no longer tempted to partake.' 'I wasn't, until Preshea came along and stole him away from me.' 'Dimity!' 'Well, it's true. I'm a terribly, terribly shallow person.' Pillover nodded into this gruel." (Curtsies & Conspiracies, The 7th Test)
- "Unless Sophronia missed her guess, the poor lad was already developing romantic feelings toward her friend. Many of the sooties probably were. Dimity was so pretty and chattery, she quite overpowered the average male. Many gentleman were unable to cope with abundant chatter, which is why they so often married it." (Curtsies & Conspiracies, The 8th Test)
- “All the best geniuses are evil.” (Curtsies & Conspiracies, The 11th Test)
- "Dimity was not to be swayed out of disapproval when she felt it might exercise her creativity.” (Waistcoats & Weaponry, Session One)
- “As much as she was enjoying it, Dimity would always rather talk about reading than actually read.” (Manners & Mutiny, Crisis Four)
- “I hate missing everything. That's why I want to marry well and be a grand lady. Then I can host all the parties, all the time, and see everything that is going on always. How can you stand not knowing?” (Manners & Mutiny, Crisis Nine)
- “Shut your cake hole, you revolting young blot.” (Manners & Mutiny, Crisis Ten)
- "We're a team,' protested Dimity, 'like tea and milk, or cake and custard, or pork and apple." (Manners & Mutiny, Crisis Eleven)
- “Dimity had firm opinions on cucumber, which she felt was nothing more than slimy, embarrassingly shaped water and should never, under any circumstances, be presented at table.” (Manners & Mutiny)