Hugh is a fair-minded but logical man, who once he gets his teeth into something, refuses to let go. He and Cadfael are both friends, and yet clash at various points throughout the series, because of Hugh’s need to understand everything, his tendency to aggressively question Cadfael, and his logical mindset. It makes sense in his mind to turn over gold to King Stephen, to find and hang murderers for him, and to stop traitors from escaping into Wales. At one point, he even threatens to hurt Cadfael before the monk can burn a list that would incriminate a bunch of traitors—but Cadfael knows it’s a bluff and tests his mettle. He has a lower Fe sense of moral justice, but can also at times prove unscrupulous – he employs various tactics to threaten people or scare them into cooperating with his investigations. He is not highly aware of his emotional state or concerned with anyone else’s. Good with a sword and quick to act, Hugh doesn’t hesitate to involve himself in local affairs. He assesses people based on what he sees of them, and the conclusions their actions suggest to him, which often means he focuses too much on what’s in front of his eyes and not enough on the larger picture. He kills an opponent (though he does not intend to) in a swordfight, when he challenges him to a duel to prove his guilt. He becomes irritated at Cadfael, because he assumed he saw everything the monk did at the water, when in reality, Cadfael deceived him (“I let the bag slip ever so slowly back into the water; I had this saddlebag already in the boat”). He has good instincts, however, and often knows if Cadfael is attempting to deceive him, or if someone is lying to him.

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Hugh is loyal first and foremost to his king, to his kingdom, and to his friends, and he expects the same from them. He understands when Cadfael chooses to rebel against the authorities to protect someone, because he would do the same, and he takes his job as sheriff seriously—so much so that he doesn’t let anyone get away with anything under his watch. He can be friendly and agreeable, willing to compromise if necessary, or also ruthlessly objective, since his 5 wing seeks certainty and focuses on being competent and dutiful in his tasks. He trusts his own logic and asks countless questions as he digs into the root of the matter. He does not trust anyone easily, even his “old friend” Cadfael. They are suspicious of one another upon their first meeting, and Hugh is so secretive, withdrawn, and concealed in his intentions, the audience does not know whether they can trust him or his motives.