"My predecessor - the one who died"
Jezebel
Public DomainJezebel - Credit: John Liston Byam Shaw

Miss Jessel's name contains echoes of Jezebel, the Phoenician princess whose story is told in the Book of Kings. She was notoriously wicked, persecuting prophets and encouraging her people to worship the false god Baal. Her doom, foretold by the prophet Elijah, comes to fruition when Jehu overthrows the house of Ahab and commands that she be tossed from a high window and her corpse left for dogs to eat. The fact that she beautified herself with make-up and finery before her death has led to her reputation as the archetypal 'painted woman', or prostitute.