Who is Major Allerton from Curtain and what is their importance?

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Major Allerton is another guest at Styles. Hastings puts him in his 40s. Allerton looks like he lives a life full of drinking and gambling. He has big bags under his eyes and Hastings takes an instant dislike to him.
Allerton is popular with the women and unpopular with the men. Hastings believes that Allerton is wooing Judith and that Judith is in love with Allerton. Norton reveals to Hastings that Allerton was involved with a young woman similar to Judith's age before and that she ended up committing suicide over Alleron. Norton also tells Hastings that Allerton is married, but that his wife left him years ago. Since his wife is a devout Catholic, she won't grant him a divorce, however.