Another little muddle while writing A Woman in Shadow. I'm introducing four main characters in the next few chapters and I know almost nothing about them. And I mean nothing. Madeleine's fiance is the one I'm have to deal with soonest, and before I started this I didn't know even know his last name.
I know very little about Henri, so it's pretty much up for grabs. Patrick Wilson would do a good job, I think.
2. Does your character have a specific theme song? "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Miserables makes me think of him every time. (And I listen to it a lot. I can't seem to keep myself away from "Do You Hear the People Sing" and I always listen to this one after that to keep me from starting a revolution then and there. Yup. I sort of get emotionally involved in songs.)
3. What's their worst childhood memory? His father, a Huguenot, wrongfully accused of... something, leading to his imprisonment and the confiscation of their property, is the worst thing that happened to him as a child. But that is by no means the worst thing that happened to him. What begins as a dream may end as a nightmare. Henri has a lot of dreams, so, lots of nightmares.
4. If your character had a superpower, what would it be? The ability to always forgive people and to NEVER give up hope. He's rather an idealist, but when one has an ideal...
5. If your character crashed on an island with a bunch of other people, how could your character help the group survive? He'd first inspire them all with courage and perseverance, then he'd get to whatever work needed to be done. He might get to it before he found the proper tools, but then little things like that don't bother him.
6. Are they married? If not, do they someday wish to be?
No to married, yes to wish to be. He had sort of a childhood romance with Madeleine - very sweet.
7. What is a cause they would die for?
Well, at least I know the answer to this one. Let me tell you a secret. *lowers voice* You see, he is dead already.
*starts crying uncontrollably*
I don't even get to have a scene with him in it at all. It's sort of odd, paying so much attention to a dead character, but he's behind everything Madeleine says and does and embodies the book's theme. And he's in the way of the ending. I'll have to put him aside somehow. Gently, of course.
But you wanted to know what he would die for? I said he had the ability to forgive people; he carries that to an amazing extent.
8. Would they rather die fighting valiantly, or quietly at home?
He would prefer to die at home after a long and useful life, but that doesn't make him any more careful with it. So he doesn't.
9. If a stranger walked up to them and told them they were the child of the prophesy, would they believe them?
Child of what prophesy, may I ask? While Henri isn't that guillible, he does think he's been put in this life for a purpose. I think he'd be more likely to pay some attention to it then most people.
10. Do they prefer the country, or the city?
The country as a rule, but generally there are more opportunities for heroism and changing the world in the city. So it depends.