MBTI Type: INFP
Edith has a strong sense of right and wrong that is not afraid to flout convention at times; she is able to put aside the public scandal of showing up at a ball with another woman’s suspected fiancé and dance with him in front of everyone. She has intense emotions that she holds within; she is shyly afraid to encourage her husband to consummate their marriage, because it would open her up to potential hurts. Once she decides that Lucille is evil, Edith has no qualms about doing what is necessary to protect herself and others (a shift into black and white moral thinking). Edith often acts on her feelings, and is very firm in her decisions. Once turned down by a publisher, who insultingly insinuates that the story needs romance, Edith revises her manuscript to disguise her female authorship; she intends to see if someone will publish it if they think she is a man! This is an obvious practical solution. She is imaginative and somewhat naïve, inclined to be excited about Thomas’ inventions and supportive of his ventures. She does not flinch away from marrying shortly after her father’s death, nor from moving to England from America, for an entirely new life. Edith loves to write, and is insistent upon the fact the ghosts in her story are a “metaphor for the past,” and its influences on the lives of those living in the present. Edith revises her story as she is writing it! She says the characters decide for themselves who they are going to be (Fi and Ne). Throughout the novelization, she sees duality in Thomas, wondering about his evil while still seeing his potential for goodness; she is following both speculative strands at once. She gradually pieces together what is happening in the manor house… but it is too late. Her past starts to catch up with her once so far from home, and it makes her long for her father’s books and familiar things to be about her. Edith cannot get over her own childhood experience of being visited by the ghost of her mother, and not only carries that over into her expectation of seeing more ghosts, she entwines it into the stories she writes. The instance where she told the truth about seeing a ghost and was teased mercilessly by other children makes her keep her mouth shut this time around. She takes all her experiences and channels them into a gothic novel.
Enneagram: 4w3 sp/sx
Edith is a romantic at heart, who balks at the idea of being like everyone else; she scoffs at her publisher’s demands that she write in a “love story” (why should it need one?) and feels rejected due to being a woman. She feels misunderstood and different, due to seeing ghosts and being visited by them, and is drawn to the ghosts’ pain that live in the house. Edith does not shy away from darkness or sadness, either in her own life or her stories. Her 3 wing is adaptable, willing to change a few things to appeal to publishers (or at least trick them into accepting her stories), interested in what the public thinks of her work, and hard-working and determined. Edith forms a strong, romantic attachment to Thomas but is also a little suspicious of his fondness for his sister and possessive of him.