A bored and annoyed woman, Angela Wentworth married Stephen an had high hopes for him to become a cardinal, with her living a life of luxury and importance. However, when this dream didn't come true, she took to bombarding Stephen with verbal abuse and making it clear that she thought he was a feeble and timid man. She mentions that she hates the Badger's Drift fete and spends her time in the Church Tower Meetings making paper aeroplanes and yawning.
On the night that Stephen pretended there was a burglar, and that someone had stolen his father's Indian sword, he made sure that he woke Angela up and asked her the time, as it was important that she remembered. That is what put Barnaby on his case because if the clock was visible, why didn't Stephen check himself.