Violet devotes her time to problem-solving and efficiency. She’s only interested in “useful” information that will help her accomplish her goals. She’s more interested in the facts of a situation than its possibilities (rather than be shocked by Mary’s scandal, Violet is momentarily distracted with the missing piece of information – how they got Pamuk’s body out of her room!). She is extremely traditional in her views and resistant to new inventions and ideas. She won’t have electric lights installed in her house and doesn’t trust the telephone. Violet comes up with practical solutions to her problems and insists on upholding old family traditions. Her wittiness comes from her ability to sense the true meaning of a situation and express it in the moment; Violet often knows there is “something” going on that no one is telling her about. She discerns information about the people in her life without very many external clues. When confronted with needing to distract Isabelle, Violet looks outside herself for inspiration – she uses her knowledge of Isabelle, their past conversations, and focus on the big picture to distract her and set her on another course. Violet is able to make completely logical, unemotional decisions, and can be blunt and tactless when dealing with other people’s feelings. Even though she values tradition, Violet will put it aside for “family.” She makes exceptions for the behavior of the people she loves, without regard for how anyone else will see them. Violet tends to react strongly when contradicted or challenged on her personal values; if she sees a wrong, she will right it (but not always give Isabelle the satisfaction of an apology) (inferior Fi).

Enneagram: 6w5 so/sp

Lady Violet values family above all; when Cora says that she has ‘rules, and you don’t like people to break them,’ and then thanks her for not turning against Mary for having had a dalliance outside of wedlock that has led to a scandal, Lady Violet says that Mary is family, with the inference that she will never turn on her. In sharp contrast to her daughter Rosamund, who is a 1, Lady Violet tells her that she need not share all her opinions all of the time, that sometimes doing so is unnecessary and hurtful. Although fiercely opinionated, Lady Violet will bow to public opinion at times for the good of someone else, such as when she gives up the annual trophy to another victor, when she realizes it is unfairly given to her as a gesture each year. She is security-minded, telling Mary to promise to marry Matthew for the money, always thinking about how they need to thwart a scandal and get her married off to stop tongues wagging, and even considering a few unorthodox methods to keep people’s mouths shut (“Since he’s the ambassador, I don’t suppose we can have him killed… could we?”). She wants to handle things in a rational, thoughtful way, and often is prudently insightful (“If she won’t have him when he might be poor, he won’t have her when he’s to be rich”). She also finds it hard to wrap her head around Robert refusing to break with tradition and fight the entail, believing that it should go to Mary, and not to a random cousin who is outside their affections. Her 5 wing gives her a sense of traditionalism but also independent thinking; she is quite sure of herself, confident that she is the smartest person present, and sometimes hilariously curious about the particulars of things, without ever getting too riled up emotionally. She quite enjoys defeating Isabel whenever they get into an argument. She also tends to frame things in terms of ‘exhaustion,’ implying her general distaste for the outside world – “Is there anything worse than training a ladies’ maid?”