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First appearance When the Tripods Came
Species Human
Gender Male

Laurence, often called Laurie was an English boy who was one of the first to encounter a Tripod. He was later one of the founding members of the human resistance on the White Mountains.


While on a camping trip with his friend Andy, Laurence witnessed a Tripod arrive and attack a farmhouse, abducting a man. It wasn't long before the military arrived and, after failing to communicate peace with the machine, destroyed the Tripod.

Laurie was questioned by his friends and teachers about the Tripod encounter, but the invasion seemed to be over. Later, when The Trippy Show started its run on television, Laurie watched one episode but was not impressed. His sister, however, had been hypnotized by the show and had to be taken to a psychiatrist to be de-hypnotized.

The amount of hypnotized people gradually increased and soon Laurie and his entire family were threatened to be capped by the so-called "Trippies". The family fled their home to Switzerland, where the free people held out for some time before being capped themselves.

Laurie and his family became the first people of the human resistance in the White Mountains.


Laurie's personality doesn't get explained much in the book, but he is shown to be analytical and observant.