MBTI Type: ENTJ
It is all about bottom lines and profits, in Sidney’s mind. He makes purely rational decisions, for himself and on behalf of others, without ever consulting them or explaining to them the reasons why – which leads others to mistake his intentions, and accuse him of racism. Charlotte goes so far as to find him rude in public, because he rebukes her strongly for forming too-quick of emotional judgments, and then later tells her he doesn’t care what she thinks or have any interest in hearing it. When faced with financial ruin, Sidney makes a rational decision, putting aside his hear’s desires in the process. He expects Miss Lamb to do the same. He tends to attempt to control various people, which backfires when dealing with the Fi-dom Miss Lamb, who finds his approach heartless. His own inferior Fi often turns up, in how easily offended he is when people mistake his intentions, abuse his family or mock their silliness, or accuse him of having no feelings. Far from a traditional man, he complains about being subjected to looking after Miss Ward as his “ward” (something he never wanted and resents), yet because he has strong values, he does it regardless. As the story unfolds, we see him soften and begin to show more of his true strong character. Sidney is a far more practical long-term thinker than his brother, Tom, who often gets on his bad side for his short-sighted decisions (such as not insuring Sanditon due to the “overwhelming costs”). Sidney has personal reasons for refusing Miss Lamb’s suitor, although he never shares them with her, nor with Charlotte until it is almost too late (he thinks the man of poor moral character, and may be a social climber, intent on using Miss Lamb to obtain her considerable fortune; these are intuitive judgments formed on the man’s gambling debts alone). He rebukes Charlotte for forming premature judgments about his brothers on so little acquaintance, and sneers at her lack of worldly experience, indicating only with it, has someone the right to form impressions. (Se users, in whatever position, value hands-on learning and experience; they respect nothing less.) His Se makes frequent appearances, in how he drinks, socializes, and apparently, visited brothels to console himself after the woman he loved rejected him for a wealthier man. He isn’t above taking physical action, heedless of the danger, such as when he threatens a man and rescues Charlotte from being attacked in a dark alley. SPOILER. He somewhat impulsively proposes to a woman he no longer loves, to save his brother from financial ruin.
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
Sidney is principled, logical, and… judgmental. He is hard on Charlotte for her damaging, frivolous takes on his brothers. He expects Miss Lamb to behave herself in public, and is irritated with her when she is rude at a dinner party held on her behalf. He chastises his brother for being a spendthrift, for not insuring his resources, for mismanaging his money, and refusing to admit to his mistakes. At first, Sidney comes across as rigid, unfeeling, and unwilling to compromise… but once he realizes his own coldness, his mistakenness in judging Charlotte’s own character too harshly, and his need to improve himself, he sets about to make amends and also do better. He tells Charlotte that he hopes he is a different man since they last stood on this balcony; she replies that he is the same man, but a “better one.” His 2 wing is open in his opinions, has a strong desire to assist and protect others, and can show tenderness. He also puts aside his own emotions to help his brother.