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Marlee Woodwork

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Full Name Marlee Woodwork
Gender Female
Age 17
Spouse(s) Carter Woodwork
Family Mr. Tames (father)
Mrs. Tames (mother)
Occupation Farmer (formerly)
Selection competitor (formerly)
Palace Maid (currently)
Province Kent (formerly)
Illéa (currently)
Caste Six (formerly a Four, Three, and Eight)

Marlee Woodwork (née Tames) is a supporting character in The Selection Series. She was a Four chosen for the Selection and quickly became America Singer's best friend. She was also one of the Six Elites.


Marlee was schooled by tutors along with a group of other girls who were Fours in her hometown, and she was excited for the Selection.

Marlee first met America with Ashley as they were leaving for the palace. The two quickly became friends and got along fine. Despite being close friends, the two did keep secrets from each other. After Marlee's first date with Prince Maxon, Marlee lost interest in the prince, but didn't want to leave the Selection for an unknown reason.

However, America later discovers that Marlee was having an affair with a guard America always bumped into at a public gathering for the couple to be caned. America attempted to free the two, but two guards took America to her room. A writer of a magazine wrote that America should have been punished for being "an accessory to treason" after trying to free the two, and America placed last on a poll for whom the public likes best.

Subsequently, Maxon takes America to the princess's room and there America is reunited with Marlee, who now works as a maid in the kitchen. Marlee says that Carter is still healing from getting his back caned, but says he might be able to start working at the stables. Marlee also explains that she and Carter got married, and they live in a small one-room apartment. Before leaving, Marlee tells America to not give up on winning the Selection.


Marlee is very kind and genuinely nice. Because of her kindness, she was the public's favorite and wanted as princess. However, once she was caught having an affair with one of the guards named Carter, they were both punished by getting caned fifteen times, then having their status lowered to Eights. Marlee lost the public's interest and was kicked out of the Selection.


America SingerEdit

Main article: America Singer

Marlee meets America as they both left for the palace. The two quickly became best friends. America puts a good word in for Marlee to Prince Maxon, and later on decides if she can not win herself, she would want Marlee to win. Marlee and America have both asked each other to be the maid of honor when they one day get married. However, after getting caught having an affair with a guard, Marlee becomes an Eight along with her lover, and the two get married, using thread as wedding rings.

Prince MaxonEdit

Main article: Maxon Schreave

At first, Marlee was genuinely excited for the Selection. Since Marlee and Prince Maxon shared an interest in movies, the two's first date was watching a movie in the palace's movie theater, which she was ecstatic about. After the date, however, Marlee does not seem quite so happy and admits she feels nothing at all for Maxon anymore. America encourages her to tell Maxon but she refuses, saying she doesn't want to leave yet, but doesn't explain why.

Later, it is discovered she had an affair with a guard and the two were going to be punished by death. However, Maxon insisted the two to get caned fifteen times and their status to be lowered to Eights, because that was the lightest punishment they could get. Afterward, Maxon has Marlee become a maid at the palace, and she becomes a Six.

Carter WoodworkEdit

Main article: Carter Woodwork

For an unknown amount of time, Marlee and Carter had an affair, but are later caught by cameras when Carter was undressing her. The two are then punished by getting caned fifteen times and their status being lowered to Eights. However, afterward, Maxon allows Marlee to work at the palace as a maid in the kitchen, which raises her status to a Six. Marlee tells America that she married Carter, and they use thread as their wedding rings. Marlee also says that Carter will start working at the stables when his back gets better and grow a beard. America also asks Marlee if the two have "done it" already, to which Marlee says yes, saying the first time was uncomfortable, but the second time was better. It is once shown that Marlee was spotted quite close to Carter during a royal family reunion, and that she even risked getting sun burn for the sake of staying near him.


Marlee was described as beautiful, and had blonde hair and brown eyes. Being so beautiful, America wanted Maxon to choose Marlee at the beginning of The Selection, because she thought Marlee would have made a beautiful and wonderful princess.

Meet MarleeEdit

Meet Marlee! The sweetheart of the Selection!


  • Marlee is the character with the most caste changes. She was born a Four, but after being chosen for the Selection, she became a Three. After committing treason to the royal family for having an affair, she was banished to become an Eight. However, Maxon pardons Marlee and her husband and has them become Sixes. Marlee now works in the kitchen palace as a maid.
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