“The Duke” has no problem taking physical action to make a point, from intimidating a terrified young man in the telegraph office (Eliza accuses him of scaring the lad “half to death”) to cheerfully throwing her in jail a half dozen times, to “prove a point,” to “keep her safe,” and “just for good measure.” The Duke’s idea of a plan is “how about I run in there and punch him in the face?” His superior at Scotland Yard tells him he “really ought to take me less literally,” that what he wanted when he asked for a full report was not a list of percentages, but a generalized assessment. (This annoys the Duke, because he spent days hunting down facts, figures, and compiling a list, none of which he wanted to do.) His tendency to read things on a surface level also means he often dismisses theories about the crime that seem more unusual than the obvious choice (he will simply arrest whomever looks the most guilty, most often without considering if they have been framed or not) and is oblivious to being manipulated by a bad cop, who has been planting false evidence to incriminate other people in Scotland Yard. Duke believes what he sees—so he assumes this person is innocent until he finds evidence to the contrary in his room. And even then, he was not searching for it. He often is wholly rational in what he tells Eliza, from assessing the potential danger she is in and forcing her to stay inside her home under guard, to reminding her that she cannot just pretend to be his wife / mistress and mislead people (he has his reputation to think of, after all, within the department), but not great with people’s emotions. He won’t apologize for getting things wrong, he can be quarrelsome and explosive under stress, blaming Eliza for getting him into messes, and then attempting to reconcile with her a moment later (unless she truly irritates him), and focusing more on how people perceive him (as competent) than on being appropriate.

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Duke has a ferocious temper and does not suffer fools easily. He likes to show off his authority by tossing the woman he might care about into a cell and turning the lock on her. He finds it easy to intimidate suspects or even other cops, and tells one that he should “learn to face up to Eliza,” and not let her get away with nonsense. He will physically remove her from crime scenes, argue with her over just about anything, and does not like to admit to his own failures or weaknesses. Eliza points out that he is a womanizer and a boozer, and it’s true, he often drinks on the job. He can be insubordinate to his superior officers, pushing their buttons but also being aware it might cost him his job. Duke will attempt to do nice things for Eliza, and then become annoyed if she doesn’t appreciate his bluntness. His 9 wing is somewhat un-ambitious. He can be profoundly lazy, doing the bare minimum to get by, and giving many a long-suffering sigh when Eliza forces him to leave Scotland Yard. He will attempt to make peace with her on occasion, and convince her that just once, maybe they should manage to walk up the street without quarreling. When he’s not concerned for her welfare, he can be quite pleasant. Until she annoys him by being reckless, disobedient, or foolish, anyway.