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Today's puzzle has been guessed correctly.
This distressed lady appears in an 1857 novel.
Here is the clue which was offered:
CLUE for #8
The distressed lady also has a blind husband. She is a character created by an author known for his insightful portrayals of women.
Congratulations to Kay Douglas for recgonizing the heroine:
Kay liked the clue about Collins' strong female charaters.It's _The Dead Secret_ by Wilkie Collins, and surely that's Rose Treverton finding out just what that secret is.
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