|The Wise-Looking Princess|
|Occupation||Student/resident at Rose Garden Orphanage|
|Voice actor||Barbara Barnes|
|“|| Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Aristocrat Club! Thank you all for gathering here today!
Margaret, more commonly called Meg, holds the third spot in the Red Crayon Aristocrat Club. Intelligent, but inflexible, she considers herself faultless and carries her notebook containing various club rules, notes, and punishment plans with her everywhere. She invents the torture instruments that Jennifer and Amanda are punished with.
Meg is a resident of Rose Garden Orphanage. She loves to read and is called a "know-it-all" by Jennifer. During the game, Meg can usually be found reading in the library. She is also close to Susan, often helping her read.
Although intelligent, she is still a naive child in many ways and believes Wendy's legend about Stray Dog, just as Diana and the other children do, and takes researching Stray Dog very seriously. She often writes her reports about the Stray Dog legends in her notebook and gives orders to the other members of the club to investigate.
When Wendy issued a Rule of Rose to the other orphans not to speak to Jennifer to make her feel isolated, Meg 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 Meg. When Jennifer violently lashes out at Wendy and shows her hatred towards the other orphans, Meg seems frightened and guilty, shaking in fear behind her notebook.
Meg, along with the other orphans, chooses to elect Jennifer as their new Princess of the Red Rose, but shortly afterwards is murdered by Gregory M. Wilson as "Stray Dog" during the orphanage massacre.
Rule of Rose
Meg appears as a mental construct, as the game is a re-enactment of Jennifer's childhood set in her adult mind. Meg is among the rest of the orphans who abduct her and take her to the airship.
In "The Mermaid Princess" chapter, it is implied Eleanor and Meg took Hoffman's koi, sliced it in half, combined it with a doll to make the "Mermaid Doll" as mermaids do not really exist, and donated it as the Monthly Gift. Diana was in charge of caring for Hoffman's koi, so she was blamed by Hoffman. Diana blamed Jennifer.
Meg's chapter is "The Goat Sisters", which is also shared with Diana to a degree. The storybook for Meg, and to a lesser extent Diana, is entitled "The Goat Sisters." Meg fell in love with Diana, and in September of 1930, wrote her a love letter expressing her feelings. While Meg was away, Diana ripped the letter in half, humiliating her and mocking her when talking to Eleanor about the love letter. She kept one half of the letter and stuffed the other half into the stomach of a ragged goat doll. Diana told Meg that someone had taken the letter, and this made Meg become paranoid, as she couldn't find the halves of the letter and was afraid that someone else would read it.
Her fears were confirmed when Jennifer found both halves of the letter and read it in full, embarrassing Meg and reducing her to tears, and also made Meg blame Jennifer for ripping it when Jennifer was innocent. As punishment for Jennifer's "actions", Meg stuffed Jennifer into an Onion Bag outside the orphanage, while she and the other orphans put an array of disgusting insects and horrible items in with her before abandoning her outside.
Meg seems to be of the "perfectionist" and "professional" mindset; for example, she would probably aim to get high grades in school, try to ensure things are proper and orderly, etc. Her notebook contains lessons on how to do a proper curtsy.
She is so immersed in striving to be the best that she doesn't seem to realize that the system/society she partakes in (the aristocrat club) is childish, psychopathic, sadistic and unnecessary, and fails to realize the entire club is absurd. This implies she is subservient and vulnerable to order and peer pressure, especially when a slave-like hierarchical system is in place (as it entices the lower class to be higher class), as she is under Diana and Eleanor in the aristocracy. The club could be structured in such a way to take advantage of Meg's "follower" and "perfectionist" personality.
Meg is very intelligent and speaks in an articulate manner. She has the mechanical mind of an engineer or inventor, but uses her talents in creating sadistic torture devices such as the Torture Stick, the Onion Bag, a spinning chair, and "icky water", rather than truly helping people or making the world a better place. One disturbing sketch shows a decapitated goat head and limbs as the "Torture Stick 2", which, put bluntly, shows how screwed up Meg is in the head.
Despite Meg's position as an antagonist, there is much information in the game leading to the conclusion that she is far from evil. Her actions, although they are mostly of the malevolent sort, are not all bad-natured. She could be seen as misguided, desperate for affection. Jennifer says Meg was bound by the shackles of foolish devotion, which likely refers to her devotion to Diana and the club.
Compared to Diana and Eleanor, Meg seems to be the most empathetic of the trio, as she seems less psychopathic/sociopathic than them. When she discovers Jennifer with her torn love letter, she is heartbroken and cries and is the only one of the trio seen crying. When Jennifer stands up to the club, she is seen cowering behind her notebook with a frightened expression, whereas Diana and Eleanor are nonchalant. This gives the impression that Meg is ashamed of her actions. After Jennifer is elected the new Princess of the Red Rose, Meg is seen giving Jennifer an extra curtsey.
Meg seems to have lesbian feelings. It is unknown if Meg has romantic feelings towards Diana, though it is a possibility, as one of the game's themes involves girls exploring their feelings for one another, albeit not in a sexual manner. It is known that Meg has an emotional connection with Diana ("I love you with all my heart"), though whether or not Meg's relationship with Diana has an underlying physical/sexual attraction is kept ambiguous. It is unlikely Meg has any sexual attraction towards Diana given her young age, although a physical attraction is possible.
Margaret has been an English name since the 11th century, becoming popular throughout the Middle Ages. It derives from the Greek words μαργαρίτης, which means "pearl" and μάργαρος, meaning "mother-of-pearl." Pearls are very rare treasures, just like Meg, who is gifted with tremendous intelligence and a talent in inventing. The term "pearl of wisdom" can also reflect her cleverness.
However, pearl oysters also have big, hard shells to protect themselves, which exactly represents Meg's nature and personality: she puts on a tough, proud persona to protect herself, keeping her self-disappointment inside.
Her name may also be an allusion to Margaret "Meg" March from the classic novel Little Women, which also shares some themes with Rule of Rose such as girls growing up, their camaraderie despite their rivalry, learning about societal expectations, etc. Meg March fulfills the role of the "perfect" woman from the time period, much like how Meg of Rule of Rose is a perfectionist. Meg March also teaches some children, while Meg of Rule of Rose acts like a teacher and helps Susan to read.
- "O Diana, Diana! I love you with all my heart."
- "In today's search for Sir Peter, the two absentees are Jennifer and Amanda. This will be reported to the princess. You will be duly punished."
- "Sir Peter has run away. Jennifer and Amanda, you are to find him immediately."
- "May I have your attention. This is a message from the Princess of the Rose. The message reads... Thus concludes the message from the Princess."
- "You know what? I'll never get along with her. No chance, not ever!"
- "I know what you're doing... You're looking for the bird of happiness, aren't you? It's in a room nearby, but I don't remember the room number..."
- "No, I bet she'll be furious. She's going to go insane."
- "It's a bet!"
- "It's not here, either. If someone else finds it..."
- "There must be something very important to you... Why don't you go find it?"
- "Why do you have it?!"
- "How could she? How could she do that to me? What did I ever do to her? I can't get along with girls like her..."
- "It's into the onion bag for her!"
- "Greetings, Princess Jennifer. Thank you very much for coming to our new Aristocrat Club."
- "Now, Princess, please think up a new game."
- In Sir Peter chapter, if Jennifer talks to Meg before meeting with Amanda, then she will fault Jennifer and Amanda for not having participated in today's search for Peter and announces that she will report to the Red Rose Princess.
- Besides Diana, Meg may have also had feelings for Susan. In "The Funeral", when Hoffman calls the children to bed, they are seen holding hands.
- Unused images imply Meg was originally named Kate.