Most irritating character in a novel.
Oh, dear. It has to be Emma Bovary, although I confess to flirting with the idea of using Anna Karenina, since I find both of these so-called protagonists to be self-absorbed, shallow, and unremittingly annoying examples of the worst of Victorian womanhood.
But, let's go with Emma. Bad mother. Profligate consumer. Shallow, self-absorbed, and ultimately no more than the sum of her prettiness. She is like one of those horrible reality show stars. Heidi Montag, Victorian edition.
It's a relief when she finally offs herself. I did feel sympathy for her poor daughter.