Miss Bell was one of Christopher Chant's governesses in The Lives of Christopher Chant. He thinks of her as The Last Governess because she was his last before he went to school.|
Miss Bell is a character in The Lives of Christopher Chant. She is Christopher Chant's last governess before he goes away to boarding school; he thinks of her as The Last Governess from the moment he meets her, because his mother introduces her as "your last governess, I hope." (Due to the continual state of low-level warfare between Christopher's mother and father, the household does not have a good record of retaining governesses.)|
See The Lives of Christopher Chant (spoilers).|
After Christopher goes away to Penge School, she keeps his mother company.|
She keeps all signs of personality well hidden beneath a drab, pale exterior; she shows her true self to Uncle Ralph, her real employer, and sometimes to Christopher, but never to his mother.
Her first name is "Effisia"; when they're alone together Uncle Ralph calls her "Effie".
See also The Lives of Christopher Chant (spoilers).