Hello folks, I would like the discuss the execution of a character in my WIP. This character is the main character's wife, and essentially operates as a housewife, and as a handmaiden to the Queen(she's a Lady of the Bedchamber). In this domestic archetypally feminine role, I want her to exercise a reasonable amount of influence actually. But I don't want her to be rebellious or odd, and it should be subtle. It's all about playing the game, and she doesn't actually object as such to the standards of the time more that she takes an open interpretation and does what she can with it. Since this is set in history, this is a fairly particular and delicate line. Does anyone have any advice about characters who wield power through social interaction? That would apply to some of the other characters as well. While we are on the topic, the other part of her agency, sort of the same thing but, she is slightly older and substantially more high-born than her husband. How do you portray the power dynamic in that relationship? Given she is still supposed to be obedient and she is all about duty. It's not as big an issue as it could because they have a good relationship and I certainly don't want to characterise him as treating her like an idiot or servant. But it is a relevant aspect.