Arabella is the flirtatious daughter of a pig-butcher who lives in Alfredston, near Marygreen. She is Jude's first romance. She is so selfish, thoughtless, and manipulative that it's hard to take her seriously as a character in some ways—she's like a cartoon villain or something.. Of course, this isn't a romantic comedy, so Arabella's behavior gets a lot worse than backstabbing and prom antics.
Arabella tricks Jude into marrying her…twice. In fact, it is almost impossible at times to know when—if ever—Arabella is telling the truth.
Arabella Donn in the Essays