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Marlee Woodwork (née Tames)

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Full Name Marlee Woodwork (née Tames)
Alias Mallory
Gender Female
Age 17 (in The Selection, The Elite and The One)
19 (in The One 's extra epilogue)
37 (in The Heir)
Status Alive
Spouse(s) Carter Woodwork
Family Kile Woodwork (son)
Mr. Tames (father)
Mrs. Tames (mother)
Occupation Farmer (formerly)
Selection competitor (formerly)
Palace maid (formerly)
Attendant of the Queen (currently)
Province Kent (formerly)
Angeles (currently)
Caste Two (formerly a Four, Three, Eight and Six)

Marlee Woodwork (née Tames), also known as Mallory, 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.

The Selection Edit

Marlee was seen by reporters singing the national anthem of Illea during her departure from her Province to the Palace. 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 a, then, unknown reason.

The Elite Edit

When the Royal Palace hosted a Halloween Ball Marlee dressed up as an angel. That night she was found in closet with "an unzipped dress and a kiss" according to Aspen later who heard about Marlee and Carter being together. They were demoted to Eights and beaten in a prison before they were caned for their "treason to Prince Maxon." The sentence was execution but Maxon spared them instead.

America later was startled by the fact that Marlee was having an affair with a guard as she had once bumped into, Carter Woodwork, at a public gathering and now they were having one for the couple to be caned. Marlee was caned on her palms while Carter was caned on his bare back. Through the caning, Marlee fainted but Carter continued to say he loved her and that they would get through it. 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 liked best.

Subsequently, Maxon took America to the princess's room and there America was reunited with Marlee, who became a maid in the kitchen. Marlee said that Carter was still healing from getting his back caned, but said he might be able to start working at the stables. After the caning, Maxon was afraid they would be hurt if they were left on their own, so he kept them secretly in the palace. Two other servants, a brother and sister who had family in Panama, were sent instead. Carter was growing out his beard and they were given new names (Marlee's new name was Mallory) so that no one will know the truth, except for some cooks, one nurse and Maxon. Marlee also explained that she and Carter got married, and they lived in a small one-room apartment. Before leaving, Marlee told America to not give up on winning the Selection.

The One Edit

In The One, Marlee appeared beside Anne to help treat America's shot wound in the arm. At the end of the book, Marlee became the only bridesmaid at America's and Maxon's wedding, and she was restored with her husband to their caste as the attendants of the Royal Couple. This was a clear sign to the public of the way Maxon would reign with forgiveness and many people welcomed this change.

Post The One Edit

Marlee and Carter were promoted from Eights to Twos when they became Royal Advisers. Marlee had Kile Woodwork with Carter a year after their marriage. They attended the new King's Birthday party in August.


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, Marlee lost the public's interest and was kicked out of the Selection. She quickly became America's best friend and they spent a lot of time together while she was in the Selection. Although in the beginning they kept some secrets from each other, later they become the confidantes of each other, talking briefly even about their wedding night. Always happy and positive, she very rarely gets sad or upset and dislikes quarrels. Even during her canning and life as a kitchen maid, she retained her dignity and devotion for Carter.


Marlee is described as beautiful, and has 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.


  • 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 worked in the kitchen palace as a maid for some time. In the end, she and her husband are restored to Carter's caste, Two, and they become royal attendants of Maxon and America.
  • In the bonus sneak peak of The One, it is mentioned that she has a son, Kile, who is a year old.
  • The Favorite will be in Marlee's POV.
  • Marlee was the citizens' favorite Elite competitor before her caning in The Elite.

Quotes Edit

  • "I keep waiting for a moment to come when he’ll say or do something to make me feel like we have something in common, but it never happens." — Marlee Woodwork to America Singer about her feelings toward Maxon
  • "America, you are full of nothing but bad ideas. Great intentions, but awful ideas." — Marlee Woodwork to America Singer

Meet MarleeEdit

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The Selection Meet Marlee

Meet Marlee! The Sweetheart of The Selection!

Meet Marlee! The people's favourite of the Selection!

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