She is the female counterpart of Wilfred. She bears herself in a queenly fashion and has a will to match that of her guardian, Cedric the Saxon. Her love for Ivanhoe and her fear for his safety stir her emotionally more than is customary to her normal placidity.
She is beautiful, chaste, and always discreet. She forgives Maurice de Bracy because it is her duty "as a Christian," which Wamba says slyly, "means she doesn't forgive him at all." She is as magnanimous toward Rebecca as she is adamant toward Cedric's attempts to coerce her into marriage with Athelstane.