MBTI Type: ENTJ
Efficient, ruthless, and notably oriented toward turning a profit, Lascelles wastes no time in making friends with Norrell and figuring out how to benefit from it, by becoming his personal biographer and writing a book about magic. He is forever jockeying for position with Childermass, in an attempt to oust the “servant” in favor of greater power for himself. His solution to most problems is to take the obvious, most rational choice (if the mirrors are creaking, let us smash them all and be done with it!). His blunt appraisal of situations and individuals often lacks tact. Not only does he struggle to respect other people’s opinions, Lascelles is ruthless toward even his “oldest friends”; he kills someone with whom he has spent much time, without a second thought, after an earlier threat to do it. He lacks much of an ability to connect to other people or make himself likable; his tendency to assert his views on others frankly burns bridges and threatens his own alliances (his ongoing feud with Childermass is unwise, and backfires). Whenever his emotions do surface, they are petty and childish, showing his disconnect from emotional maturity. He immediately sees the potential in Norrell and senses that the man is a potential goldmine for both fame and profit. He schemes in advance to undermine Strange after Strange sabotages their book by writing a bad review; Lascelles intends to attempt to stop the publishing of Strange’s book as well, knowing that it will threaten his own position in society and his position of strength as Norrell’s particular friend. His forward thinking carefully maneuvers others into positions that suit him, but Lascelles is also prone to impulsive reactions. In the book, he is forever threatening to challenge others to duels (and does so, on at least one occasion). His desire to smash the mirrors would cause chaos; his decision to shoot first and ask questions later (in the miniseries) brings about his downfall; his desire for wealth and his tendency of hanging around those who have it show a proclivity for wealth and extravagance.
Enneagram: 3w4 so/sp
As a seriously unhealthy and immoral man, Lascelles becomes a friend of Norrell hoping to capitalize on his fame and attain some notoriety for himself; he often uses underhanded tactics to get ahead in life, including encouraging Norrell to use dark magic against Jonathan preemptively, to get rid of his books. Lascelles is extremely offended by Jonathan’s attack on his own book of magic; he becomes angry whenever Childermass refuses to acknowledge him as a “better” or a “gentleman.” He reacts with aggression whenever he feels threatened and sees nothing wrong with terminating the problem whatever way is necessary. His 4 wing makes him arrogant, and disinterested in being a “common man.”