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In Drowned Ammet, Milda is the wife of Al and the mother of protagonist Mitt. She is a loving wife and mother in the beginning of the novel, helping her young family run their small farm in Holand, in the southern part of Dalemark.

However, when a rise in rents and then the increasing taxes of the unscrupulous Earls who run this area ruin the family's prospects, they are forced to move to town, and Milda doesn't do well there. First her husband disappears after his band of rebels is betrayed, and then Milda has to rely on her needlework, and whatever her son Mitt can earn as an apprentice.

Milda's main characteristic is her spendthrift way of buying things with all the money the family has, often trifles or things that will not last. Her secondary characteristic is a weakness for the idea of rebellion as a good thing, without really thinking things, or their consequences, through. In short, she's the kind of female that makes a female reader just a little ashamed of being female.

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