|The Cold Princess|
The Quiet One
|Hair color||Dark brown|
|Occupation||Student/resident at Rose Garden Orphanage|
|Voice actor||Joanna Hall|
|“||If only we could fly like birds and go wherever we wished.||”|
Eleanor is a character of Rule of Rose and is a high-ranking member of the Red Crayon Aristocrat Club. She is an orphan at Rose Garden Orphanage. She is often seen holding a cage containing her red bird.
Eleanor is known as the Cold Princess, and is given the rank of Countess in the Red Crayon Aristocracy. She is one of the three Aristocrats in the Refined Class including Diana and Meg, with Diana ranking higher than her and Meg, ranking lower.
Eleanor is an aloof and introverted girl who never shows her true feelings to anyone, making her seem unfriendly, distant, and hard to understand. She is quiet and tends to avoid eye contact. Because of her lack of emotion (reduced affect display) and quietness, no one really knows what's on her mind. She is often lost in a world of her own and ignores other people. Although she is generally quiet, she is not mute as she speaks when necessary.
Eleanor attends meetings for the Aristocrat Club, and still participates in the other children's twisted "games". Eleanor also openly supports and takes part in the Aristocrat Club punishments towards the other children. This is shown when she cheers both to Amanda and Jennifer when punishing one another on two separate occasions and puts an insect in the Onion Bag while Jennifer was inside it.
Eleanor's fascination with birds stems from her wish to "sprout wings like a bird and fly away to wherever she pleased." Birds are a source of happiness for Eleanor. As evidenced by the Bird of Happiness storybook, it is possible that she believed her pet bird would take her to a happy world named Forever Land, where she could escape the troubles of normal life in the orphanage and live in everlasting happiness. The memos in her chapter may be drawn by Eleanor. If so, it could be inferred that Eleanor wishes she was a bird; the Land Sketch would symbolize desire to live in an land of birds while the Family Sketch symbolize her desire to live in a bird family (as opposed to being an orphan). This belief was shortly ended after her pet bird was killed, as it showed that "everlasting happiness is a joke."
It is unknown when Eleanor exactly arrived at the orphanage, but it is obvious that she was there before Jennifer's arrival. When Jennifer arrived at the orphanage, Eleanor neither became her friend nor her enemy and rarely spoke to her.
Eleanor's storybook is "The Bird of Happiness". In July 1930, the monthly gift for the Aristocrat Club was to be a "Bird of Happiness". Since Eleanor was the only person in the orphanage to own a pet bird, Meg and Diana murdered it and wrapped it up in her dress. Jennifer managed to find it, but Eleanor entered the room to see her holding the bird corpse straight afterwards. Jennifer quickly claims that she was not the one who killed the bird, but instead of getting angry or upset, Eleanor merely took the bird, put it in its cage carried it to the club door and put it into the Gift Box with no particular reaction, countering Meg and Diana's bet of whether Eleanor would cry or become angry should she find her little bird. From then on, Eleanor always carried around her pet bird's cage, empty.
When Wendy issued a Rule of Rose to the other orphans not to speak to Jennifer to make her feel isolated, Eleanor obliged by ignoring Jennifer all the time. Wendy's final Rule of Rose to murder Jennifer's pet dog Brown was also partially obliged by Eleanor along with Diana. Even after Jennifer violently lashes out at Wendy and shows her hatred towards the other orphans, Eleanor remains stoic.
The English name Eleanor comes from the Old French form of the Provençal name Aliénor. The first known bearer of the name was Eleanor of Aquitaine. She was named after her mother, Aénor de Châtellerault, and called Aliénor (from Alia-Aenor, which means other-Aenor in Occitan). It became "Eléanor" in the northern Langue d'oïl and in English. Therefore the meaning of the name is sometimes given as "The Other." In Greek, the meaning of the name was "compassion, pity." In Arabic, it means "God is my light."
Compared to the other children, Eleanor can be seen as the "Other Child," as in the one who is not like the others. The "compassion" element to the name clashes with her cold, indifferent attitude to everyone else and most of the events of the story.
- "Yes, she is a pain..."
- "She was writing you a love letter... Oh... I see..."
- "...We had to do it. Besides, there's no such thing as mermaids."
- "...They're such beautiful and pure creatures."
- "There you are."
- "...The red bird. Have you found what you're looking for? Something dear to you...?"
- "Greetings, Princess Jennifer. From now on, you'll be our new princess."
- "Please lead us."
- Eleanor is one of Hoffman's favorite orphans, as her name is second to Diana's in his list, and he is seen with his hand on her head in the group photo.
- If the memos in chapter are relevant to each character, then the News Article could be relevant to Eleanor. It mentions a famous couple called Elizabeth and Edward who are planning a divorce. These may be Eleanor's parents, considering that both also have E-names.
- However, the newspaper article is dated 1930, and Eleanor was already in the orphanage by then. It could be theorized that the 1930 is an error, or Eleanor's parents disowned her and dumped her in an orphanage (If Elizabeth/Edward are Eleanor's parents).
- Where Eleanor obtained her red bird from is unknown. She could have owned it when she still lived with her family and brought it to the orphanage when she went there, or it could have been an orphanage pet which she became very fond of that became more of her responsibility than anyone else's over time.
- It can be speculated that the red bird was always a doll, or Eleanor got a doll as a replacement for her dead pet.
- As shown in the introduction movie, Eleanor is left-handed.
- Eleanor may be autistic as she exhibits many characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder. For example, her attachment to her bird/birdcage as a comfort object, limited eye contact and facial expression, calculated movements, limited social interaction and verbal skills, and preference to indulge in a fantasy world in order to cope with her situation. She seems able to function to the point of having social relationships with the other children, unlike Thomas, who seems to be on a different area of the autism spectrum entirely.
- Each time Eleanor is shown curtsying, she turns her face away from the person she is supposed to be addressing.
- In "The Bird of Happiness", Eleanor spends the entire chapter in her underdress as her red bird has been wrapped in her dress, presumably by Meg and Diana. How Meg and Diana got hold of Eleanor's dress is never mentioned. After the chapter Eleanor is shown wearing her dress again as she was before.
- In the "Sir Peter" and "Rag Princess Sews" chapters, Eleanor can be found in the salon. If Jennifer talks to her in the "Sir Peter" chapter, she will ignore her and continue to stare at her red bird. If Jennifer talks to her in the "Rag Princess Sews" chapter, she will tell her that the thief of the bear will be punished.
- In "The Funeral" chapter, Eleanor can be found on the balcony with her empty cage. If Jennifer talks to her, she merely ignores her and continues to stare at the sky.
- Eleanor's black, sharp bob is known as a 'Lulu' from the stagename of the actress Louise Brooks, who made it a popular style at the end of the 1920s.