Lawrence’s father accuses him of having been too sensitive in childhood, a fault he has never grown out of. He insists on seeing his brother’s grisly body because “I missed his life… at least I can be here for him in death.” Though quiet and circumspect, when he overhears an insult toward his mother in the local tavern, he attacks the man and demands to “settle this outside.” He is respectful of Gwen and her feelings and perplexed and thrown off by his father’s callousness. But he is not that rational most of the time; his decisions are often based in his feelings in the moment, and give no thought to the consequences. His lifestyle in town hints at his expensive taste, as does his wardrobe and interest in performing on the stage. Once at home, Lawrence springs into action without much forethought or concern for his own safety. He’s an excellent shot, manages to save people in the nick of time, has a natural instinct for things that involve nature (he easily teaches Gwen how to skip stones), and can be somewhat reckless as the Wolfman, both in how he attacks people and scales rooftops, plows through passing coaches, and is distracted by things happening around him. Lawrence quickly falls in love with Gwen. He does not piece together the truth about his father until it is too late, and takes things at face value too much. Despite any true evidence, Lawrence has premonitions of the true fate of his mother and visions of the werewolf before his own illness sets in. He has an uncanny ability to read other people and discern their motivations, such as his father’s sinister interest in Gwen. He is fearful of the future devastation he might cause as the Wolfman.

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Lawrence is a kind and gentle soul, but not much of an actor—despite his world renowned, he has a passive quality to him that is motivated to action and toward facing his past only when his brother winds up dead. His innocence won’t allow him to distrust his father nearly as much as he should, until it’s too late. He shows a shift from a benign, sweet man into a raging monster as the wolf, but shows violent aggression before then, in his furious reaction to his mother being called “a gypsy whore.” He splashes the man’s drink in his face and demands to take this outside. He goes up against his father in beast form. He is quick to defend the gypsies from attack, but is also neurotic, insecure, and anxious under stress, fearful of what harm might befall the woman he loves and eager to hustle her away to safety.