Alan approaches life in a methodical, detached manner. He is instinctively curious about events, more inclined to question them than accept them. He seeks out pictures of “ghostly forms” to study them; he analyzes the Sharpes; he is curious about what happened to Edith’s father, so much so that he temporarily forgets she is present to identify the body. “Don’t look…” Alan tries to protect Edith where he can, by offering to identify her father for her. He confronts the Sharpes with the truth. Those things that Edith takes an interest in, Alan takes an interest in (ghosts) in an attempt to become closer to her. He chastises his mother for a socially inappropriate public comment, and cringes when his sister is shown up, but by in large remains cool-headed and detached. He notices the smallest of details, in the most intense of situations – having come to Crimson Peak, he not only fixes Edith’s wound but notices the bruise on her finger and that her sister in law is wearing the family ring. He is somewhat impulsive (once figuring out the truth about the Sharpes, he rushes out into a snowstorm to save Edith, and intends to take her back out into that snowstorm having found her). His instincts are good; he knows “something” is up with the siblings from the start. He quickly pieces the information together once he has the facts (he reads the paper clippings, sees the marriage certificate, finds Edith hurt, and concludes they are killing her for her money). It is his instinct that “this is rushed… it is not right” that keeps him probing the murder, long after the fact.

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Alan is very logical and secretive. Edith did not know about his interest in ghosts caught on camera, or his fascination with how “impressions” can haunt houses, until very late in their relationship. Though he could make more of an aggressive bid for her love, Alan hangs back and allows their relationship to naturally transpire. He is detached but protective of her, wanting to give a positive identification and then forgetting she is in the room and wanting to turn the body to examine the injuries. He’s self-confident in his logic, and convinced something is “wrong” about the Sharpes, though he can’t put his finger on what. His 6 wing becomes suspicious of their behavior and motives, following the clues through detailed research to find out the truth about their cons across Europe and the dead bodies amassed in their wake, including the murder of their parents.