Mary has never walked away from being a quirky “hippie” type, even when her wild and crazy husband became practical after the birth of their first child. She also shows large amounts of intuition, such as in the second film when she suspects Phoenix of being responsible for framing Paddington with no discernable evidence other than a few vague clues. She operates off this hunch and breaks into his house to find evidence to prove it, but even then it is mostly instinct rather than physical proof, and the police cannot do anything with it. She shows her Ne in other ways, such as having no trouble coming up with a variety of nicknames for her daughter (which the girl resents), being idealistic about most people and their potential (she wants to bring Paddington home, and feels like naming him after the place they found him is kismet), and tends to run off her instincts and hunches (she knows he is going to be a positive thing for her children). She is compassionate and makes decisions with her heart, choosing to adopt a bear despite the impracticality involved and bring him home, becomes emotional when she sees her daughter is growing up and inviting a boy over (she promises not to cry and hug him, and then does just that), and whenever she wants to organize anything, comes up with a “crime board” in which she connects everything with pictures and string. Mary writes children’s books for a living and once in awhile wants to actually DO what she has been writing about, so she decides to swim a marathon. She also has trouble finding a “face” for her hero until she sees her husband do something heroic, then sketches it in, in her mind, bringing the rest of her story into “the real world” through context.

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Mary cannot leave a bear sitting alone on a platform, she has to give him a meal in a restaurant, hear his entire story, empathize with him, bring him home, offer to help him find the person he is searching for, and immediately treats him like one of her own kids. She wants to love him and be his surrogate human mother and to take care of him, and goes to great lengths to prove his innocence when he is framed for the theft of a rare and expensive book. She is easily emotional and touched, moved to tears on several occasions, but also fiercely protective of her kids, and that includes the one with fur. She convinces her husband to give him a chance and tolerates all of his over-protective nonsense, and is never more attracted to him or proud of him then when he shows courage on Paddington’s behalf. She wants to do what is right, but also to love her kids as they are and let them be themselves.