Arlene is a sassy Southern woman who sees herself as young and spunky. She says what she wants, sometimes disregarding others feelings. She holds herself in high regard, thinking that she is attractive and all men want her.
Arlene is a fair-weather friend. Sookie finds herself working Arlene's shifts when she needs to leave early and takes care of her kids while she is at dates. Yet values their one sided friendship.
Arlene also proves to be a caring and loving individual. She is fiercely protective of her children, refusing to leave her burning house until she found them.
Arlene: "Vampire bar wasn't all it was made out to be. I hear there are a lot of freaks and people from Arkansas." [to Sookie when talking about Fangtasia] ("Sparks Fly Out")
Arlene: "Suppose she gets pregnant. How in the world can she nurse a baby with fangs?" ("Burning House of Love")
Arlene: "And loyalty. You gotta know that person is going to be there for you through thick and thin. 'Cause you never know when some Iraqi ghost lady is gonna curse your entire family." [to Andy Bellefleur on relationships] ("Sunset")