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Lord Harold West Jeb (ハロルド・ウエスト・ジャッブ, Harorudo Uesuto Jabbu), commonly referred to as simply Harold West, is a trader of Indian goods. Although he primarily imports Indian spices and teas, he also dabbles in general goods and coffee. He runs a general store called "Harold Trading," and a Hindustani coffeehouse called the "Harold West."[1]

Appearance

Harold has his dirty blond hair combed forward at the top of his head. He prefers to dress in distinct, brand clothing and the finest garments, such as Gieves & Hawkes suits, that are renowned for quality.

Personality

Harold is a conniving, unethical businessman, who will stop at virtually nothing in order to obtain his goals; for the purpose of eliminating his competition, he has, by manipulating Agni, instigated the Anglo-Indian hostilities.[2] He is very concerned with brand names, and in reflection to this obsession, he desires to gain prestige and eminence by acquiring the Royal Warrant.[3] When presenting himself in public, he generally appears calm, self-assured, and overly confident.[4] He is inclined to care more about his possessions than about people, since he has ordered Agni to attack Soma Asman Kadar, but becomes distraught when some of his items are destroyed in the process.[5]

Plot

Indian Butler Arc

114 Deerman

Harold is surprised by the arrival of Sebastian, under the guise of a deer.

Harold has allotted Agni the mission to terrorize the other Indian companies to prevent them from entering the upcoming curry fair, and to attain victory in the said fair so that he can receive a Royal Warrant for his company. He has promised Agni that if he completes his responsibilities, he will return Mina to Soma Asman Kadar as she has been before.[6]

Late at night in his manor, Harold praises Agni for doing a good job and questions his expressionless face. He offers a high-quality cigar and brushes it off when Agni continues to be silent, stating that "it will all be over" in a week's time. He says that With Agni's "Right Hand of God," he will realize his dream that he has been devising for three years; in return for Agni's service, he will compensate with an unspecified reward that concerns Mina. Suddenly, Soma barges into the room, startling Harold and Agni. Agni attacks Soma on Harold's orders, and Sebastian Michaelis, disguised in a deer's head, is forced to save him. As a result of the chaos, many of Harold's prized possessions were destroyed, much to his dismay.[7]

At the curry competition, Harold exchanges pleasantries with Ciel Phantomhive, whose Funtom Corporation is participating as well. He notes that Ciel is wearing a well-tailored coat as usual, and asks for the brand, in which the latter is unable to answer as he does not know himself. Harold claims that he cannot lose in the fair since he has a curry specialist (i.e. Agni). He also mentions that his house was broken into and that an ample amount of his valuables were ruined, but the criminals were unsuccessful in getting the curry recipe. He adds that he heard the Queen will be attending the show and that he would like for her to taste his curry in front of the audience before he receives the Royal Warrant; he implicitly states that the Royal Warrant is already his.[4]

During the curry competition, when Sebastian integrates chocolate into his curry, Harold ridicules it as a form of advertisement for the Funtom Corporation (which specializes in making candy and toys). Agni then includes blue lobster into his curry, and Harold presumptuously believes he will win, saying that Agni's "Right Hand of God" combined with rare and exquisite ingredients is undoubtedly the highest class of curry brand products.[8]

When Sebastian is announced the winner by the Queen, Harold demands an explanation,[9] and then falls to a sullen, depressed state. Mina runs to support him,[10] and afterward, they rest in an alleyway, where Mina guarantees that they can try again next time. Lau then reveals his presence and says while Ciel will not take out "the small fries," he aims to exterminate the bad rats in the city with his "cat." Ran-Mao appears, swinging a club, and Harold and Mina scream. They are assumed to have been killed by her.[11]

Quotes

  • (To Agni) "And as long as I have this 'right hand of God,' my scheme will be realised! Three long years I've waited. I'll see myself victorious in this, no matter what!"[12]
  • (To Ciel Phantomhive) "As usual, you're sporting a finely tailored coat, I see! Which brand might such a distinguished individual as an earl wear, if I may ask?"[13]
  • (To Ciel Phantomhive) "Just between us, it would seem a spy from a rival company stole into my house the other day. My one-of-a-kind Galle lamp smashed to pieces! And my general trading chest wrecked! The horror, I tell you! Just remembering the incident gives me a fright!"[14]

Trivia

  • Exclusively to the anime, Harold and Mina are alive.

References

  1. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 18, pages 9-10
  2. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 19, pages 23-24
  3. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 18, pages 14-15
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, pages 7-11
  5. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 18, pages 19-26
  6. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 19, pages 23-26
  7. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 18, pages 14-26
  8. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, pages 22-25
  9. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 46
  10. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, pages 2-3
  11. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 22, pages 28-29
  12. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 18, page 15
  13. Kuroshitsuji manga, Chapter 21, page 8
  14. Kuroshitsuji manga; Chapter 21, page 9

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