As the title implies, there were two Mr. Gladstones. The public one was brilliant, well educated, well read, and an excellent orator, both in Parliament and among the people. The private one feared loss of control, mainly in Parliament, and when the stresses were too great, he would often retreat to the family home in rural Hawarden, take a vacation on the Continent, seek late-night soul-saving missionary work among prostitutes, or give angry speeches in Parliament and threaten to resign. Mr. Gladstone's often-erratic behavior was little understood by fellow members of Parliament. In terms of Professor Crosby's stress and coping theory, Mr. Gladstone's behavior was plausible, and it remained remarkably consistent over his lifetime.