Functional Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)
Rupert prides himself on having a “logical and superior intellect.” He has boiled down humanity into his own personal understanding of it, in which morality was only constructed for society to keep men in line, and those of superior thinking should not be bound by it. He espouses this philosophy in his belief that murder should be a “viable way of life,” a method of accomplishing what a man wants… however, as the story unfolds, he becomes increasingly aware of his own moral conscience, which will not “allow me to do what you have done,” confronted by two ex-students who have taken his philosophies and translated them into an actual murder. He can be blunt, critical, and combative in his nitpicking of others’ ideas, his insistence that he is “dead serious” in his theory of murder, and his ruthless interrogation of Philip, whom he senses is unstable and on the verge of a confession. His inferior Fe latches onto the unease and anxiety of the two young men, and translates this into something has “disturbed” them. Unable to let them be, Rupert pushes them harder to get to “the question I don’t want to ask,” which is if they murdered David. Typically, as a low and somewhat unhealthy Fe user, when confronted by the reality that he taught these two boys their belief system, which they took and “made real,” Rupert insists he never actually believed it, and that they “twisted and warped” his words into something he never intended (deflecting the blame off himself, onto them entirely). His own Fe objectively judges them as immoral, and intends for them to pay for it with their lives, according to whatever “society decides.”
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)
The boys speak of his intense interest in books that interest him, mostly philosophy, and his belief that not only can people read, they can “think for themselves.” Rupert notices, immediately after his arrival, something amiss in their subtle interactions, nervousness, and excitement. Given his previous interactions with them (Si), he connects that to the mysterious absence of David, and accurately begins to piece together not only that they murdered David, but what they did with him. As the story progresses, Rupert seeks more and more subtle details, weaving them into the narrative theory at work in his head, until it becomes obvious to him what they have done – and then he returns to the scene of the crime to prove it. Rupert has lived his entire life operating off a set of theological ideologies, distant from reality, and that he never intended to apply to reality, so it shocks him to his core to discover his former students have carried out his theory by translating it into an actual crime. As a typical intuitive, he was content merely to theorize about it, and happily discusses his ideas with anyone who will listen.
Enneagram: 5w4 social
Rupert prides himself on his moral detachment and pure logic. He also entertains theories for their own sake and has conceived rather morbid ones to ponder, such as using murder as the currency for the “privileged” to get what they want – everything from front row theatre tickets to irritating bellhops. His morbid and careless discussion of death offends some of the people at the party, who fail to see it as what it is for him – a theoretical construct. In so doing, he lives entirely in his philosophies, in avoidance of the real world and its messiness. His 4 wing is elitist and arrogant, believing himself a superior intellect.