She appears several times before she is actually encountered, though she never seems to inflict any harm to the Artist, only returning him to the Circle.
According to newspaper clippings and other items, the Wife was in a department store buying items for their new baby when the store caught fire. Though many others were killed, the Wife survived, though horribly disfigured (which may explain her appearance).
History EditNot much is known about the Wife aside being the spouse of The Artist and the mother to their child. She was
exceptionally talented as a musician despite her family looking down on her career. While critics at first saw her as an amateur, she became praised for her musical abilities. Her talents helped inspire the Artist to paint, and became a crucial source for his talent. They moved into a large mansion, and decided to have a child together. Later in their marriage, she was in a department store buying items for their baby when it caught fire and burned her severely, causing her to become permanently disfigured. Her painful recovery, along with the loss of her beauty and musical abilities, led to further tensions in their household. She was largely wheelchair bound, and suffered from chronic pain and random muscle spasms. Despite the Artist's attempts to seek medical help that could restore his wife, the medical technology available was not enough to undo all of the fire's damage. He became an alcoholic, which exacerbated his declining mental state. The Wife, with her burned and disfigured appearance, and torn down from his abusive behavior felt that the Artist thought her a monster and hated her. Due to these feelings, she ended up treating the Artist in the same manner (shown in a note that she wrote herself). The Artist began to avoid her presence, and locked himself away as he tried to revive his work.
The Wife, tired of her husband's abuse and obsession with her past self, met her end when she committed suicide in the bathroom. This is clearly shown when the Artist enters into The Bathroom and examines the bloody knife, triggering an echo of the past in which one can hear the Artist attempting to get into the bathroom (believing his wife is taking way too much time), and then entering to see his wife's body. Her death, along with the child's removal from the house, led to the Artist's attempt to create his Magnum Opus. Using his wife's remains as artistic material, he attempts to "take back what life took from him".
- Through past dialogue, it is known that the wife played the violin and piano, and could sing.
- The Wife's relationship with her husband before the accident appeared to be stable, but could be tense due to her husband's ego. In his marriage proposal, he decribes her as a beautiful work of art that he would like to own. He also decided to purchase a dog despite her wife suggesting purchasing a cat instead.
- After the fire, The Wife was verbally and psychologically abused by her husband, The Artist, who ignored her cries and criticized her appearance. Several artifacts narrated by the Wife suggest that her husband was more in love with her talents and beauty than with her humanity. This cold behavior eventually led to her suicide.
- If the discarded paintings in the Neutral Ending are accurate and the letter sent by a doctor familiar with her surgeons are correct, it is possible that the Wife's disfigurement was not as pronounced as The Artist's hallucinations would suggest, at least after the plastic surgery. Her monster form may instead represent his horror at seeing her beauty marred and her talents gone, a living corpse that paled in comparison to what his wife used to be.