It's a hobby probably - baking cakes is good for stress - I know it from my own experience.
Originally Posted by Digital_Eon
He probably was 14th or associated with him - and I think Allen can read it because of the eye and knowledge he had.
f Mana wasn't the 14th, then why did he know the symbols that are associated with the 14th? If it was something the collaborators knew, then wouldn't Cross have knowledge of them, too? That would give him power, wouldn't it?
Naah, I am starting to think Hoshino doesn't grasp the idea of Gray at all - anything I could call gray here is "Getting to good results by leaving bodies behind". From all the perspective, if I was on Order side I would think Cross is evil :D Seriously, he acts really suspicious.
There isn't really a "good side" or "bad side" when it comes to the Order vs. the Noah (Allen is obviously the "good guy" because he's the protagonist, and everyone who opposes him is "bad"). Sure, the Noah have some weird goals that we may not like, but the Order isn't exactly perfect, and it looks like their motives may be called into question at some point, too. If they really wanted to protect humans, why would they treat their own underlings in such a manner? And remember, the title is "D.Gray-Man"... seriously, isn't it better to have bad people on both sides rather than a clearly defined side of good and bad?
I think she was opening up before more - she opened up first to Lavi, remember ? Also for something she hates a lot she believes in ideals of Order to be sincere, but still can't forgive some methods. Quite childish.
I don't think they're exaggerating with Lenalee's trauma at all. Remember: her family DIED. She was separated from her brother - the only one left alive - when she was a little girl, and taken to a place where they don't really think of her life as being important. She was sent to fight against human souls in dead human bodies, see her comrades die painful deaths, and face it herself. When she tried to run away or kill herself, they stopped her. What that would end up doing is breaking her spirit and making her totally dependant on the Order, which it failed to do because of Komui, I suppose. At any rate, she didn't really open up to anyone before Allen came along; you can see that in previous chapters, and Cross commented that she's been showing her emotions more. I think Hoshino has done an excellent job of creating a realistic situation with fairly realistic results without totally screwing up the character.
Oh, that was quite realistic. The best part being that Emiya Shirou was actually at fault of her misery - since she accepted that she is a just a trash, she was quite resistant to pain, but when Shirou came he gave her hope for happiness. She could endure it as long as she knew she could go to his home next day..but waiting for it was also very painful. She got freaking mad in 3rd route, thinking that Tohsaka Rin was trying to steal Emiya Shirou from her... to the extend she was trying to kill both Rin and Shirou, for betraying her hopes...she broked. The way she killed Gilgamesh, Matou Shinji, Berserker or Kotomine Kirei proves it....
And stop referencing FSN, please - Sakura's situation is completely unrealistic. Anyone who went through that would be screwed up to the point of never being able to be nice to or even properly associate with people again. That's also totally exaggerated - at least child soldiers are something REAL.