|“||This is no mere slide! We three are members of an elite society of extremely young women, led by I, Miss Clemelia Bloodsworth! You may not enter.||”|
—Clemelia Bloodsworth, Time's Arrow
Clemelia is a goose with a long neck, white feathers, and an orange beak.
She is first seen, as a child, in a school uniform of a green button-down cardigan, and a white collar peeking out, plaid red skirt, white socks, and black dress shoes. She has a beauty mark under her right eye.
Later, as an adult at Beatrice's debutante party, she is seen in a white strapless tea-length ball gown with a green silk sash and shawl and a double strand of pearls with three pendants in the middle around her neck, and white high-heeled pumps. She also wears a light purple eyeshadow, and the beauty mark is now under her left eye.
Clemilia is a very spoiled, pretentious, and vain woman. As a child, she seems to enjoy bullying others who do not meet her standards, such as Beatrice Sugarman, who she and her two friends call her fat and push off a slide in one incident. She goes as far as to not allow anyone besides herself and her two friends in her "gaggle," to use the slide at recess. She claims it was an elite society for extremely young women, and didn’t consider Beatrice worthy enough. Her attitude does not improve upon growing up.
She takes great pride in being elite and wealthy, smugly bragging about and spitefully putting down others who are not part of her rich society and lifestyle or who are any less than her. This applies to Beatrice, as it's implied Clemelia's family was more wealthy than hers and that her debutante ball was more extravagant, and the fact that Beatrice had hers relatively late—the latter two of which Clemilia brings up when she speaks to Beatrice at the latter's debutante. She is greatly offended when Beatrice says she assumes her debutante was "particularly horrendous," further showing how highly she regards her lifestyle.
Similar to Beatrice she seemed to be very intelligent, having a large vocabulary even as a little girl, speaking rather eloquently while insulting the former.
Clemilia represented what Beatrice hated about her high society life, and was one of the reasons she grew to think she was above it in the first place. Ironically, when she left that lifestyle to marry Butterscotch she hated and resented living in working class and became more vain and materialistic in a similar sense as Clemilia was.
Not much is known about Clemelia’s past, other than she, like Beatrice, was from a very wealthy and high-status family, presumably more so than the Sugarman family. She was likely born around 1938 since she and Beatrice attended the same school.
Most notably, she was a school bully to Beatrice Sugarman. She had a “gaggle” made up of her and two twin Asian little girls.
Time's Arrow introduces her by showing an incident where she, accompanied the two twin Asian little girls, refuses to let Beatrice go down a slide, saying it is an elite society for extremely young women and says she is the leader.
They also mercilessly taunt her about her weight to which Beatrice protests she is just growing.
When Beatrice still tries to climb up, the little girls start stomping on her fingers, and Clemelia bites her with her beak, which leads to Beatrice falling down and crying afterward.
Their taunting about her weight, and especially her father later also making comments on it, lead Beatrice to have body image issues for the rest of her life, taking weight loss supplements to stay skinny as an adult, never eating ice cream or presumably any other sweets as her parents advised, and as a dementia-stricken old woman to secretly put weight loss pills in Hollyhock's coffee.
It's also implied Beatrice would try to skip school to avoid her, as when Beatrice tells her father she doesn’t feel well the next morning he assumes she's just scared of Clemelia and her "gaggle."
Later, she is seen as an adult at Beatrice's debutante ball in June 1963, accompanied by a man. They are both condescending towards each other, with Clemelia saying Beatrice's debuting is “better late than never" And implies her own ball was apparently more extravagant than hers.
Beatrice says she's only doing it for her father's backward views on women, and she thinks debutantes are “self-serving, garish wastes of money."
She then tells Clemelia her ball was probably just as horrendous, and she coughs and spits out her champagne in shock and disgust, finding Beatrice's comments repugnant.
It’s unknown if Clemilia is still alive in the present day.
- Her last name, Bloodsworth, appears to be a symbol of wealth, greed, and elitism.
- Her exaggerated neck, and her being a goose, may also be another symbol for this.
- According to her looks, she appears to be of the Snow Goose breed, which are found in Michigan and are typically known to be aggressive.
- She appears to be very intelligent and has a large vocabulary even as a little girl.
- An example is telling Beatrice while making fun of her weight "Even your lungs expostulate as they struggle to expel your ample corpulence."
- One of the female twins translates this into "She's saying your lungs think you're fat too."
- It is unclear as to whether she stayed friends with the female twins as an adult as they are never shown or mentioned again in the rest of the episode Time's Arrow, their only appearance.