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He found me at my lowest point and he lifted me up.
Charlotte Balfour to John Marston

Charlotte Balfour is a minor character featured in Red Dead Redemption 2.

History

Background

Charlotte married a banker named Cal Balfour. At some point they decided to leave Chicago to start a simple life together.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

First encounter

Charlotte is first encountered sitting by a grave north of Annesburg. She informs the player about how, after her husband passed away, she is going to die from starvation as she does not know how to fend for herself. Arthur or John insists that he will teach her and the two search the nearby forest for rabbits. After successfully killing a rabbit, Arthur suggests she skins it. Hesitantly, she does so, by pulling the rabbit's fur from its body. She thanks Arthur or John for his help, suggesting he come visit her sometime, and bids him farewell.

Second encounter

For the second encounter, Charlotte is seen practicing on how to use a rifle, by shooting at some glass bottles. However, Charlotte is unable to hit the bottles and asks Arthur or John if he will give her any pointers on how to shoot. Charlotte, thrilled that she was able to hit something.

Playing as Arthur, she offers to give Arthur a meal. During the meal Arthur starts to cough violently due to his Tuberculosis, and collapses. Charlotte decides to place him in her room, and leaves. Charlotte leaves a letter telling Arthur to take money from her nightstand, as she won’t need it. In the letter, Charlotte expresses how thankful she is to him for being shown how to survive for herself.

Playing as John, she will not offer to give John a meal, but will thank him for helping her. She will then walk inside the house. However, there will be no third encounter when playing as John.

Third encounter

A few days later, Charlotte seems to be doing well, and is well dressed. She thanks Arthur again and, tells him that he can take anything from her house. There will be several packs of Premium Cigarettes inside.

Epilogue

If Arthur completes all of her three encounters before dying, she will be available at her Cabin for John to visit. John will inform her of Arthur's passing, telling her that Arthur's journal writings suggested that Arthur thought quite highly of her and was very fond of her as well. Charlotte will thank John for telling her of Arthur's passing and inform him that she knew he wasn't well. She explains that when he stopped coming by she assumed he passed away from his illness. She will consider John a friend and welcome him to her Cabin whenever he needs it.

Character

Personality

She was shown to be a depressed lady, after her husband died and she had no survival skills. However, this changes once she meets Arthur or John (depending on who the player selects) and is taught in the arts of hunting.

When meeting John after Arthur's death, Charlotte expressed fondness at meeting Arthur and was sad to hear of his fate. She told John that any friend of Arthur was a friend of hers as well, even showing him the same kindness as Arthur.

Appearance

1899

Charlotte has long, straight, black hair and a slim build. She wears a blue blouse and a skirt with a tartan pattern.

1907

Charlotte appears the same as she did 8 years prior, however she is seen wearing different clothes. She is seen sporting a white shirt with a brown waistcoat over it. She dons a gun-belt tied around her waist and is seen wearing gloves. She has black pants and boots, and dons a white brimmed hat on her head, with a feather tucked in the band.

Trivia

  • Unlike most characters with stranger missions, her missions don't have a name. This is likely because her strand of missions is technically considered a "Home Robbery" mission. It is listed as such in the "Robberies" section of the official guide.
  • If Arthur only completes her first encounter, John or Arthur will find her deceased in her house.
  • If Arthur never meets her, John will meet a young Charlotte Balfour, and the quest will proceed with the three normal encounters that would normally happen with Arthur.
  • The player can encounter a man with a tent not to far from her home. When talking to the man it implies that he has been stalking her.
  • Although she lives in Willard's Rest, the robbery tip about her is called "Rocky Seven," the beta name for the area.

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