Functional Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se
Jefferson ponders things a long time (Adams is annoyed that it takes him so long to speak up with his opinion), but once he reaches a conclusion, he sticks to it – he firmly denounces and abhors England for its abuses, and has a callous, futuristic-mindset about the French Revolution. Once Hamilton introduces the idea of establishing credit by plunging the new government into debt, Jefferson argues against the futuristic implications. He and Adams differ on their desires for the new nation, which sets them at odds with one another. His desire to abolish slavery at the same time he introduces independence shows a semi-idealistic, somewhat unrealistic desire for America’s future prospects. He loves France. The culture, the social graces, the court, the operas… the new experiences. He enjoys seeing Abigail react to them as well. He, rather recklessly, pushes Washington to involve them in the American Revolution, eager to leap on opportunism in the moment, but shows little tendency to pleasure-seek outside French society. When Adams points out the unlikehood of convincing the Southern Colonies, who make profit off slaves, into agreement, Jefferson sacrifices the ideal for rationality and practicality. He drafts the Declaration of Independence (and other documents), and takes a severe interest in politics, in setting policy, and in choosing alliances. He shocks the Adams family by stating his belief that the blood of tyrants and patriots must be shed to water “the tree of Liberty” (showing callousness toward the French aristocracy). Jefferson runs an effective (smear) campaign against Adams. Once believing Adams’ decisions are “wrong” for America, Jefferson agrees to take on a prominent political position – and run for President. He, wisely, keeps many of his opinions to himself, aware of the political fall-out, but he sees Hamilton’s decisions as so “irrational” that he emotionally reacts, calls Hamilton an idiot, and argues with him. Washington’s appeals and orders that the two play nicely together has zero effect – Jefferson flat out refuses to engage with people he doesn’t like. He is incredibly personal in his opinions; he politely brushes off Abigail’s sorrows about his wife, and refuses to share his devastated emotions. He can be flirtatious and good natured with people he likes.
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Jefferson is highly analytical and prefers to take a backseat, rather than distinguish himself among his friends in Congress. Adams complains that for having strong opinions, Jefferson has not “said two words” in Congress. That’s because he prefers to observe and ponder, rather than overreact or cause enemies. Whatever actions he takes are premeditated. He has the 5’s idealism and sense of detachment from reality, holding far different views from his friends on the French Revolution. He finds Hamilton unbearable due to his overly ambitious policies, which in Jefferson’s mind are striving to “make us British.” His 4 wing and fix bring in a love of beauty and depth; France appeals to him on a sensory level because of all its quiet pleasures. He feels deeply injured by things, but rarely raises the issue, hiding his feelings behind a veil of indifference. (He does tell Franklin that he chose every word in the Declaration with great care.) He has a moralizing tendency, and vicious arguments with Hamilton, in which he must always be right. He refuses to back down on anything he feels passionately about, but tries to convince others to agree with him.