So in this post, Lana wanted to learn more about Lennox, my character from the steampunk story (which now has the working title of Empty Clockwork). So here is the long-promised post, complete with artwork!
First of all, Lennox didn’t grow up in England. He was born in Brittany, France, but his artist father had difficulty finding work there. The family moved to Switzerland, but faced the same problem, and so finally removed to Italy where the father found employment painting for wealth British, French, and Italian families. Lennox grew up in Italy, speaks Italian fluently, and even after moving to England, he retains a faint Italian accent which becomes more apparent on certain vowels and syllables.
When Lennox was 18, he and his mother moved to England so he could get a university education, and he attended Cambridge. (His father had died in an influenza outbreak some years earlier; see here.) But Lennox ended up teaching himself much of what he wanted to know, particularly about chemistry and general science. Mainly because he was curious about things that the curriculum there didn’t cover.
For all he’s a caring and friendly guy, he has a horror of tears. He never knows how to handle such a situation.
When Lennox is around, there is rarely an awkward silence. Or at least, it doesn’t last for more than a few seconds; he always finds something to say, especially if the pause is uncomfortable.
He always makes a huge mess whenever he gets a project out, such as paints or research; and if the work space is his own, he leaves the mess until he’s finished or until he gets tired of the chaos.
His mother taught him to play the piano, a skill he fought tooth and nail as a child because he thought it was a sissy pastime. But his mother persevered, and Lennox finally learned to play in spite of himself.
His father also taught him to paint; Lennox didn’t mind learning this, although he says he doesn’t paint very well, didn’t practice enough.
He cannot swim, and nearly drowned after falling off a bridge once. Fortunately, someone went after him and pulled him out.
He’s 23 at the beginning of the story.
He adheres to social requirements to please his grandfather, but he doesn’t give a rip about convention in the privacy of his home.
Lennox is the sort of person to pull a book off the shelf and then stand there in the walkway reading the volume.
Feeling just a wee bit lost in London society…
He cannot resist exploring new things and places…he’s incredibly curious, and sometimes even explores places he shouldn’t…
He never means any harm, he just wants the answers to his questions.
Now I forgot to link up with Beautiful People last month; the time for the link-up has expired, but I’ll still post the questions!
What’s his favorite place he ever visited? Hard to narrow down; Lennox likes seeing anything and anywhere new. He definitely enjoyed different parts of the Italian countryside as a child, as his family moved from place to place, seeking employment.
What’s one mistake he made that he learned from? Erm…if this means during the story, I can’t say, because spoilers. Before the story, however, it was probably something around the lines of “don’t perform chemistry experiments an hour before dinner if there’s any chance of a stench or a mess.”
What was his favorite subject in school? Or favorite thing to learn about? Scientific history, physics, and chemistry. He taught himself all three.
What’s his favorite flower/growing thing? He likes painting landscapes, but I don’t think he has a favorite plant.
Has he ever made someone cry? What happened? Nope, and if this ever happens, it will be a complete accident. Lennox is the sort to go out of his way to make sure a conversation partner or friend is comfortable in the situation.
Would you consider him a reliable or unreliable narrator? Unreliable, only because Lennox is too trusting. And sometimes misses details, especially if he was focused on something else or just not interested.
What does he dream about at night? Lennox says this is really nobody’s business.
He’s gone out for a “special meal.” What would he eat? Definitely cake (spice cake with currents or sponge cake with frosting).
Does he have any distinguishing or unique talents? He find and exploit loopholes like a boss. He’s generally cheerful, regardless of the circumstances (on the other hand, if Lennox isn’t happy, ain’t nobody happy). He can also see the potential in almost any idea.
What’s at least one thing he wants to do before he dies? A lot…but one is definitely to figure out what to do with his life.
So, that’s a little more about Lennox! Thanks for reading!