Lena is intensely emotional but also extremely private with her feelings. She goes away to be alone after traumatic events (once she explodes the windows in the classroom, Lena retreats to the garden to sort through her emotions). She has no problem shutting Ethan out while she comes to terms with her future fate, deciding for him that it would be best they aren’t together (she won’t permit him to die, so she must give him up). Lena finds it difficult to separate her actions from her emotions; her love for Ethan ultimately decides her choice. She is blunt and refuses to do anything she doesn’t want to do – when her uncle asks her to play the piano for Ethan, she says it’s the wrong century for that; when he asks her to get tea for them, she says that’s also the wrong century. Lena finds it hard not to be open about her true self; she hates hiding the fact that she is a Caster. She is objective and opportunistic. Lena has been in a dozen different schools and adapted to many new environments. She is interested in aesthetics, with a unique clothing style. She decorates her room with invisible poetry and loves to just be with Ethan, hanging out on the back of his car, going to movies, kissing, and discussing their futures (even though she doesn’t feel she has one). Lena doesn’t mind being physical with Ethan and is good at adapting to her environment and using it defensively (saving Ethan from the spell in the garden, fighting off another Dark Caster). She is quick to act (her casting of a spell over Ethan’s home saves his life). Her fixation on the future is negative, and based on the single outcome Lena feels is inevitable: fear that she will go dark and lose herself. No other possibilities enter her mind; Lena cannot see a way around the single truth that female Casters are not free to choose their own destinies. She is so focused on a future event (her 16th birthday) that Lena sometimes has trouble living in the present – but when the time comes, she finds inner strength to develop a new vision for the future not only of herself, but Casters in general. Creative thinking is not her forte; Lena believes what the books tell her, that there is no way out of this mess, so she tries to surrender to it. She acts defensively in tough situations. Her harsh logical judgments, opinions, and statements turn up under stress. Lena is rude to Ethan on their first several meetings, and dismissive of him in order to protect her emotions. Later, she makes a logical, tactical decision to protect him from harm by causing him to forget their romance.

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Lena feels different from other people, and is envious of how easily Ethan connects. She says he doesn’t understand what it’s like to grow up unwanted and different, shuffled around to various schools, to have your future taken away from you, etc. She refuses to do anything unless she feels like doing it, and at one point gets upset and starts crying when Ethan accuses her of being moody and acting like a bitch (she’s mad at him, so she makes a little rain cloud over his head so it will drench him). She wallows in her feelings of being different and feels frustrated but also incapable of doing anything about her future; she assumes she can’t be fixed, that the situation is going to turn out badly, etc. Rather than connect to Ethan at first, she pulls away from him, rebuffing his advances and demanding he leave her alone. She reads to avoid the outer world, and is blunt, sometimes harsh, and thinks little of other people – seeing them as mundane and not worth knowing, thus creating further self-isolation. She comes into her power once she realizes she has control over her own life, and that she can make her own decisions – taking charge of her life rather than avoiding it.