Margarita. The Master's lover. Trapped in a passionless marriage; devoted herself to The Master, whom she believes is dead. She appears briefly in the first half of the novel, but is not referred to by name until the second half, where she serves as the hostess of Satan's Grand Ball on Walpurgis Night. She is named after Goethe's Faust's Gretchen — whose real name is Margarita —, as well as Marguerite de Valois. The character was also inspired by Bulgakov's last two wives, the first of whom loved action and was physically daring, while the last was devoted to his work in the same way as Margarita is to the Master.