"My name is Arabella Calvert"

Whilst in real life, one is continually meeting with similarly-named people, this is a fact rarely acknowledged in literature. It is striking, therefore, that Mrs Calvert and Mrs Logan share the same Christian name. Perhaps Hogg intended this to illustrate the bond of sympathy between the two women, or to highlight the fact that their social position is equally forged by their sexual relations with men. It is also possible that there is a punning significance to the abbreviation ‘Bell’ for, in contrast to the pretended objectivity of the Editor, the women’s narratives have ‘the ring of truth’ about them. Whatever the intention, the shared name serves as another example of the doublings and mirrorings that occur throughout the novel.