Elena Lincoln is Christian Grey's longtime friend and business partner. Elena is described as a tall, elegant, sexy, regal platinum blonde.
She is often wearing black and is very well-groomed. According to Anastasia, she appears to be in her late 30s or early 40s. Elena entered Christian's life as a friend to his adoptive mother Dr. Grace Trevelyan-Grey, and they began an affair when he was 15 years old.
Ana gives Elena the nickname Mrs. Robinson, a reference to the 1967 film The Graduate.
Fifty Shades of GreyEdit
Christian tells Ana that Elena seduced him when he was fifteen years old and introduced him to the BDSM lifestyle. Elena acted as his Domme (Female Dominant) for six years.
Christian believes that Elena's "intervention" was almost therapeutic for him, and helped him focus his energies on school and curb his drinking and violent tendencies. Anastasia, however, is not impressed:
- "she believes that Elena took advantage of a disturbed teenager, and does not hesitate to call her out as a paedophile"
She is convinced that Elena caused even further damage to Christian.
Christian has dinner with Elena while Ana is on vacation in Georgia. Elena convinces him to fly out to see Ana, hoping that the gesture would freak Ana out and make her want to end their relationship.
Things started to get more intense between the three of them, as Elena has been trying to confront Ana, trying to talk to her at the charity party early in the book. Giving Ana notes with her number on them, trying to arrange a meal with Ana, and even sent Ana an email, which was unexpected to Ana, of how she got hold of her work email. Ana, however, did not reply or pay any attention to her what so ever, and passed everything on to Christian. On Christian’s birthday, where almost everybody was invited at the Grey's house to celebrate Christian’s birthday, and Elena was also there. And it was when Christian announced to everyone that Ana has consented to marry him, which was an absolute shock to everybody, especially, to Elena. And at one point where Ana was on her own, Elena went up to her and tried to bring Ana down by saying incredibly rude stuffs, to her surprise, and unexpectations, Ana's tongue is as sharp as hers, or even sharper. Ana was not backing up, and fired every bit of word as a slap across Elena's face. Until one point where Elena called Ana a 'gold digger', and that is when Ana's drink is no longer in her glass, but was splashed all over Elena's face before she could even finish her slander about Ana's gold-digging. And that is when Christian encountered, and was shocked of what he was seeing. Elena, pathetically, pleaded and raved Christian not to marry Ana, and how amazing their BDSM lifestyle was and that Christian loved it. And add up with the shock, Grace, Christian’s mother heard everything and displaced her out, which Elena was prepared to obey, but not before Grace gave her a good slap crossed Elena’s face. And that is when; Mrs Robinson was completely out of Ana and Christian’s both business and life, putting then end her and Christian in this book, as he moved on and married Ana.
Fifty Shades DarkerEdit
When Christian takes Ana to a salon owned by him and Mrs. Robinson, unexpectedly, she appears and that causes Ana to feel irritated and disturbed.
Christian then went to meet Elena leaving behind Ana for a moment that makes her more agitated.
Christian and Elena talked for a moment and when she left, Ana decided to take her hair cut anywhere but not in a place owned by Mrs. Robinson.
Fifty Shades FreedEdit
When Christian finds out that Ana is pregnant, he storms out of the house. He later recalls to Ana what happened that night: after failing to find Dr. Flynn, he ended up at Elena's salon. She saw that Christian was upset and took him out for a drink. Elena attempted to make a move on him, only to be rejected. Finally realizing the depth of his feelings for Ana, she agreed to permanently part ways with Christian.
Thinking of a now pregnant Ana and their unborn child, he admits to seeing, for the first time, the damage that Elena inflicted on him, albeit intentional or not. Christian also reveals that when he was 21, Mr. Lincoln found out about Elena's affair with him. In retaliation for her disloyaty, Linc broke her left arm, cracked four of her ribs, and busted her jaw.
Despite the severity her injuries, Elena chose not to press charges against Linc. Christian punishes Mr. Lincoln for both the assault and for posting Jack Hyde's bail by dismantling his company, Lincoln Timber, and selling it off.