Oh for sure! Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t intend to say Lion was more naive (Though I recognize reading my reply now, it can be read that way). But rather that, for example, I was putting myself in Lion’s shoes to garner perspective -
For example, Lion does get snarky, but they are not quite ruthless or clever as in the sense Beatrice is.
If I were raised like Lion, even learning or trained to deal with those in the business world - training is one thing, but actual experience face to face with such persons is different. Remembering Lion as well is only 19 years old and up until that point had no such outer world experience, there is a sense of innocence around them.
Especially being faced with characters we are introduced as having quite a worldly experience and background, such as Willard with his experience in the SSVD - and then Bernkastel herself who is incredibly old in the sense of a witch and a being higher in a realm above humans, and experiencing various worlds.
For anyone, meeting or interacting with these two would be quite bewildering. And in fact I feel Lion handled it quite well and realistically given their position. If Lion immediately knew how to handle or talk to them, or was able to be one step ahead of them in attitutude and knowledge - it would feel wrong and unrealistic to me.
I love Lion for being that kind of down to earth character. I didn’t mean to say they were naive or unintelligent, but that they are very down to earth and realistic for handling/interacting with the events as they unfolded. Lion’s snark and cheekiness is evidence they are not a pushover or anything, but to become kind of like an Erika character with no prior interaction to the meta world or any being or person even rarely beyond Rokkenjima itself, I feel Lion was quite well written there.
The world of witches in Umineko also I wanted to mention/examine. In a sense, yes you don’t need to have gone through hardships or trauma to know how to deal with cruel people, but it does not mean Lion didn’t handle them well (or broke down or cried) but in the sense they were quite shocked or confused, or responded with snark to them, not exactly knowing how to respond since most of their life had been absent of real-life examples of cruelty, whereas Yasu had experienced it a lot more, and developed into her various selves, mainly Beatrice.
We know in Umineko, the birth of witches is somehow tied to a striking event, commonly a form of trauma or hardships (this is true for Bernkastel, Beatrice, Maria, Ange-Beatrice, and possibly Lambdadelta as well), Yasu opened her psyche to a world beyond that of humans - the world of witches. When faced with Lambdadelta (who honored /recognized her as a witch), her attitude towards Lambdadelta made more sense in that she was used to dealing with those who were more aggressive or against her. Combine this with the power /knowledge of a realm of witches in the meta world, gives Yasu /Beatrice an advantage with a kind of “broader” view than Lion, attributing to her ruthlessness and confidence in the events on Rokkenjima. Whereas Lion never experienced or had gone beyond into the “World of witches” making their character act in contrast to how Beatrice would have been, I feel.
Also like @AMF mentioned, by the end of Ep7 Lion had been introduced to the world of witches in a sense, and gained a new perspective and understanding, which I also really appreciate to see that development along from the beginning of Ep7 to the end of it in contrast is very interesting.
I hope that made sense! ;;