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Poppy Hill is a minor character in The Haunting of Hill House. She is the clinically insane wife of William Hill, and is often seen as being the evil personification of Hill House.

Biography[]

History[]

Little is known about Poppy's early history, other than the little that Clara Dudley told Steven Crain as a child. Ms. Dudley explained that Poppy was clinically insane and met William in a mental institution as a child. Following this, the two fell in love at an asylum and married shortly after.

Hauntings of Hill House[]

Appearance[]

Poppy most often appears as a young woman in a light green "flapper" style dress from the 1920s. Ms. Dudley explained that she was quite a looker in her time, and in the photograph shown to a younger Steven Crain, Poppy was visibly attractive. Her hair is often seen pulled up in the 20's styled hairstyle, with a green headband around her forehead.

Trivia[]

  • Poppy is described as being the evil personification of the house; this transpires from the clinical insanity Poppy had been diagnosed with.

Quotes[]

"I dreamed I lost my little girl once. I dreamed that she was choking on her own body for no reason. Just trying for air like the room was underwater, and shaking like she was in the hot squat. And I dreamed I held her little hand and sat at her side. And days, it took days, weeks, it took weeks for her to quit gulping in that watery air, quit gaping at me like a fish on the beach, but finally, she did. She breathed, ragged and hard, and she went stiff and one of her eyes turned red as blood. And she would shake. She’d shake so bad the bed would shake. And when she started shaking, it went fast. She dangled. She died." ― Poppy Hill


"And my boy... I once dreamed his little legs stopped working. They just... stopped one day. And... he couldn’t walk, and he couldn’t stand, and he couldn’t speak, and then he couldn’t do anything but cry. Cry and bang on the walls. Bang on the walls for help and bang on the walls for Momma and just bang, bang, bang. And he couldn’t even see. In the end, he couldn’t see me there with him. And then he stopped banging, he stopped crying... he stopped it all once he died. I held him so long, he went cold in my arms." ― Poppy Hill[1]

References[]

Characters
Crain Family Hugh CrainOlivia CrainSteven CrainShirley CrainTheodora CrainLuke CrainEleanor Crain
Hill Family William HillPoppy HillHazel HillJacqueline Hill
Group 2 Carl WalkerIrene WalkerMaxMr. DudleyClara DudleyLeigh CrainKevin HarrisAllieJaydenArthur VanceKelseyJoeyPaigeJanetAbigailTrish ParkRyan QualeAndiStaceyEileenRickDr. Montague
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