And Then There Were None: Judge Lawrence Wargrave [INTJ 1w9]

Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

Wargrave has meticulously planned a situation that unfolds directly as he visualized but that also allows him flexibility in terms of adaptation. He arrives among the other guests, gets to know them intuitively, and projects an air of calm detachment and quiet. Once on the island, he cleverly steers them toward the truth (“the killer is one of us”) but can adapt when circumstances change, and allows himself opportunities to act on new possibilities (bringing the doctor into his scheme, talking Vera out of suicide early on, etc). He shows a lot of Ni creativity in how he manipulates them and in his choice of a crime – connecting their deaths to clues hidden in plain sight – the poem on each of their walls. Judge Wargrave is a straightforward, rational man. He comes to the island under the pretense of meeting an old friend, then remains detached from the emotional chaos surrounding him – able to stay calm, rational, and reasonable in the midst of extreme circumstances. Only toward the end of the film does Vera discover the intricate plot, with each of them playing the role of a “Little Soldier” is a product of Wargrave’s sheer intelligence. He laid out an intricate scheme to trap them all on the island, and kill them all – for his own amusement, and to set up a puzzle the police can never solve. He admits that his final judicial case, with a true psychopath, ‘excited him’ – because the criminal and he recognized ‘each other’ were the same. That sense of Fi-bonding and closeness drove him to commit a crime to top all others, rather than die alone of cancer. He can adapt to the circumstances as they change, and even the manner of his death – a very visceral end – show his sense of Se flair and style.

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On the bench, Wargrave was known as the hanging judge, tough on crime and not easy to impress with emotional appeals. He has brought to the island a bunch of people who have “gotten away with” murder in order to punish them, and in so doing, both fulfill his own need to kill and enact his own punishment upon himself because of it (he too must die, because he has now killed so many people – but he will make it a spectacular death). He remains calm and rational in a situation where others are escalating, is often repressed and does not flinch even when he blows his own head off, because he knows exactly what he intends to do. He remains calm, composed, and authoritative – so much so the others are drawn to him as someone who seems unafraid and has it all together. They seek alliances with him and turn to him as the only trustworthy person in the group, to their own disadvantage. This calm comes from his 9 wing, which is detached and easily “tired” by the intense emotions circling around the house (he admits that Armstrong being so hysterical “tires him out”).